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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the man work in a factory?
(a) The government had decided he was too closely connected to capitalist England.
(b) He has always wanted to work with his hands.
(c) It was punishment for his anti-Communist writings.
(d) He is suspicious of any white-collar job, which is often involved in the unsteady political trends.

2. When Jaromil has difficulty undressing the redhead, what is the girl wearing?
(a) A dress with small black buttons down the back.
(b) A thin negligee.
(c) A grey dress with a wide collar.
(d) A dress with large white buttons down the front.

3. Why is there silence at the beginning of the question-and-answer time following the recitation?
(a) Everyone is respectfully waiting for the silver-haired poet to speak first.
(b) No one knows how to begin.
(c) No one cares about the poems enough to ask questions.
(d) The poets are professional and know what the questions will be.

4. How does the old poet describe the cinematographer and Jaromil?
(a) As ill-fated lovers.
(b) As the sole hope for the future.
(c) As princess and prince of the evening.
(d) As stars in the lonely sky.

5. When Maman is embarrassed about her dress in front of Jaromil, what does she change into?
(a) A pink dressing gown.
(b) A grey dress.
(c) A blue wrapper.
(d) A light purple dress.

6. According to Jaromil, how do socialism and love interact?
(a) Socialism comes from the root of love.
(b) Socialism allows for true love to exist.
(c) Socialism stifles love.
(d) They are complete opposites.

7. While watching the beautiful cinematographer on the bus, what does Jaromil realize?
(a) How ugly the redhead is.
(b) How little his poetry is worth compared to the cinematographer.
(c) That he has fallen in love with her.
(d) That he will never love anyone but Maman.

8. Returning home from the police station, what does Jaromil find?
(a) A letter from his uncle who was sent to prison several years earlier.
(b) A letter of praise from the janitor's son about his poetry.
(c) An invitation from the cinematographer to attend a party.
(d) A letter from the redhead breaking up with him.

9. In the poem "Epitaph," how does Jaromil wish to die?
(a) By heartbreak to prove his love.
(b) By fire.
(c) By drowning.
(d) In the service of Marxism.

10. At the beginning of Part 6, Chapter 1, what does Kundera do with the story?
(a) Dismisses Jaromil as an unimportant character.
(b) Begins to intersperse his prose with lots of poetry.
(c) Makes Maman the main character of the story.
(d) Moves the point of observation to another character.

11. How does Maman destroy the intimacy between Jaromil and herself?
(a) By insulting the redhead's manners.
(b) By looking down on the redhead because of her job.
(c) By suggesting that the redhead sleeps around.
(d) By telling Jaromil he could find a better girl.

12. At Jaromil's sick bed, what words link Maman most closely to him, in her mind?
(a) "Everything he's ever done has been in the interests of the working class."
(b) "I don't want him to look down on us."
(c) "You're a poet, and I am so happy for you. . .".
(d) "Are you in such a hurry to leave me?"

13. During the argument between Jaromil and the party guest, why do the other guests burst out laughing?
(a) Jaromil has tripped over a coffee table and fallen.
(b) Jaromil has tripped over a coffee table and fallen.
(c) Jaromil has punched the party guest in the face.
(d) The party guest has picked up Jaromil by his shirt and pants waist.

14. Who is most upset that the bus stop was moved two blocks away from the villa?
(a) The middle-aged woman.
(b) The man with the wooden leg.
(c) The pretty cinematographer.
(d) The organizer of the poetry recitation.

15. The last time the man and girl had seen each other, what had they talked about?
(a) The girl was leaving him to be with the young man she loved.
(b) The girl wanted to move in with the man.
(c) The girl was unhappy in their relationship.
(d) The man wanted a greater commitment but the girl was unwilling.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long has it been since the middle-aged man saw the girl who rang his doorbell?

2. Why is Jaromil jealous of the redhead?

3. Symbolically, what role does Maman want to play in Jaromil's life?

4. After the girl rejects the man's caresses, what does she wish he were?

5. How old is Jaromil when he catches pneumonia?

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