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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. How does the narrator describe Tamina?
(a) As a lost soul whose shape is set in the past.
(b) As on a raft looking back.
(c) As a empty husk.
(d) As a empty soul with no life.

2. Who does Kristyna meet one day?
(a) A man who offers her a chance to act on stage.
(b) A student on vacation.
(c) Her sister who had been kidnapped years ago.
(d) Her biological mother.

3. How is the student when he returns to his Writer's Club?
(a) Feeling really great.
(b) Fully immersed in his litost.
(c) Full of inspiration.
(d) Feeling rejected.

4. What do Tamina and her husband leave at her Stepmother's house?
(a) Some political propaganda.
(b) Their daughter.
(c) All Tamina and her husband's love letters.
(d) Their son.

5. What do Kristyna and the student decide?
(a) To marry.
(b) To meet in the city on a particular weekend.
(c) To not see each other again because of her husband.
(d) To travel to Italy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What language is the word litost?

2. What turns off the student about Kristyna when she arrives?

3. How does the student spend the evening?

4. Where is Bibi going for the summer?

5. What happens to Tamina eventually?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Kristyna?

2. Briefly describe a few of the most salient points about Tamina.

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

4. Discuss what graphomania is and how it is used in the context of this chapter.

5. How are the Czechs and litost related in Kundera's opinion?

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

7. What happens to Kundera's father in Part 6 and what do you think is the significance of Kundera writing about what happens to his father?

8. What is the meaning of the word litost?

9. Where does the student go the day before Kristyna arrives and how does this affect the interaction between Kristyna and the student?

10. What character's life is again addressed in part 6 and how is her life dismissed in a sense?

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