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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Tamina try to recreate?
(a) A safe home for the children.
(b) The last day of her husband's life.
(c) The notebooks filled with their past and love letters or even his face.
(d) The scene where her husband is arrested.

2. What does Tamina do when the boy gets tired?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Takes over rowing.
(c) Tosses him overboard.
(d) Gives him some candy for energy.

3. How does Tamina spend her time?
(a) Working.
(b) Writing letters to get her husband released from prison.
(c) Taking care of her other children.
(d) Recreating her husband and their time together.

4. How is the student recognized?
(a) As a student; that's all.
(b) As a poet.
(c) As an artist.
(d) As a fake.

5. What is Kristyna to the student?
(a) Like a Band-aid, soothing his ego.
(b) A potential wife.
(c) A good person with whom to discuss poetry and art.
(d) Nothing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What finally happens to Tamina?

2. What happens to Hubl after his comments?

3. Why does the student settle into litost?

4. Why does Hugo take Tamina to the zoo?

5. What does Kristyna ask the student to get her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain who Tamina is and the significance of how Kundera describes her.

2. What is the meaning of the word litost?

3. How is Kundera's father's attempt to understand Beethoven undertaken by Kundera?

4. How is Tamina's situation where Raphael takes her similar to her husband's situation just before he dies?

5. Why do you think Kundera blurs historical moments?

6. What happens to permanently silence Tamina?

7. Where does Tamina go with Raphael?

8. What does Tamina do shortly after her husband dies and what might this foreshadow?

9. What is ironic about the student deceiving Kristyna and attending the Writer's Club meeting?

10. To what do Kristyna and the student agree and what is the outcome? What does the student's evaluation of Kristyna tell the reader?

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