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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the primary reason that Xavier runs into danger ahead of his comrades?
(a) He wants to make up for losing the list that they wanted.
(b) He wants to live in the exciting aura of death.
(c) He wants to show them that he is a man and worthy of their friendship.
(d) He would rather die in battle as die an old man.

2. How does the artist show Maman that he is not interested in a relationship with her?
(a) Treats her like a friend when she goes to his apartment.
(b) Tells her everything about his girlfriend.
(c) Tells her he does not want to see her again.
(d) Shows her new paintings of his girlfriend.

3. What puzzles Jaromil about the artist's poetry critiques?
(a) The artist prefers odd poetic forms.
(b) The artist uses words Jaromil doesn't understand.
(c) The artist's critique often use French poetic values.
(d) The artist's critiques are inconsistent.

4. Why do Jaromil's drawings favor dogs?
(a) He loves dogs better than any other animal.
(b) He cannot draw any other animal.
(c) He sees dogs as the symbol of virtue and natural goodness.
(d) He draws dogs best.

5. According to Kundera, what is "the first precondition of freedom" (Part III, Chapter 18, pg 121)?
(a) Being able to love without guilt.
(b) Losing parents in death.
(c) Never having children.
(d) Never having parents.

6. Why do Jaromil's poems so often include death?
(a) A violent streak is developing as he is treated cruelly by the world.
(b) Death is the only thing he does not yet understand
(c) He is gradually becoming suicidal.
(d) He wants to be absorbed in something absolute and immense.

7. What is the artist's opinion about Jaromil's drawings of headless women?
(a) Jaromil does not have enough talent to draw portraits.
(b) The environments of the pictures do not acknowledge humanity.
(c) Jaromil's drawings reflect a fear of women.
(d) Jaromil does not acknowledge humanity.

8. What can only a true poet know?
(a) The desire to live in a world without mirrors.
(b) The desire to write a life-changing poem.
(c) The desire to be a part of the world.
(d) The desire not to be a poet.

9. What does Jaromil do when the redhead catches him staring through her apartment window?
(a) Knocks on her door.
(b) Brings her flowers.
(c) Runs away.
(d) Keeps staring unabashedly.

10. Why does Jaromil go to the beach with Maman and her friends?
(a) He thinks a day away might make him happier.
(b) He cannot think of any excuse not to go.
(c) Maman will not leave him alone until he said yes.
(d) He wants to spend time with Maman.

11. Why does Maman blame Jaromil for all her troubles?
(a) She lashes out at him because he is defenseless.
(b) He has cost her the love of every man in her life.
(c) She would rather blame her son as herself.
(d) He is too emotionally needy.

12. While kissing the old woman, why does Xavier turn on the light?
(a) He wants to take away the old woman's shame in her withered body.
(b) He wants to block out all sight of the blond girl.
(c) He does not want to lose sight of the blond girl.
(d) He wants to show off for the blond girl.

13. Why does Jaromil not react to the words his mother painted for his room redecoration?
(a) He is amazed that his words have their own significance.
(b) He is embarrassed to show how proud he is of them.
(c) He is ashamed that she used his own words.
(d) He does not recognize that the words are his.

14. What is the highest point of happiness which Jaromil reaches so far in his life?
(a) The reconciliation with his mother after their fight.
(b) Sleeping with the girl he met at dancing class.
(c) His father's memorial service as a war hero.
(d) A girl resting her head on his shoulder.

15. How does Jaromil treat his dates with girls?
(a) As uncomfortable times he must endure.
(b) As rites of passage necessary for manhood.
(c) As the potential for sexual activity.
(d) As exercises in conversation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Jaromil's father prepare for leaving home several days at a time on business trips?

2. What distinctive piece of clothing does the old woman wear when she dances with Xavier?

3. Why is 1949 an interesting year for Czech youth?

4. Why does Maman take her husband's picture off the wall?

5. To what does Jaromil poetically compare Magda?

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