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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 makes Maman think that Jaromil is actually becoming like a son of Apollo?
(a) His face is becoming beautiful and godlike rather than coarse.
(b) He has taken down the picture of his father.
(c) He values the Greek gods more than passing political trend.
(d) He has begun writing beautiful poems, not poems of death.
2. How many poets participate in the recitation?
3. After Jaromil hears about the girl's brother, what action does he want her to take?
(a) Urge her family to stop her brother.
(b) Flee the country with him.
(c) Persuade her brother not to flee.
(d) Tell the police.
4. What personal aspect was considered a political crime during Jaromil's time?
5. What happens when a classmate asks Jaromil about the redhead?
(a) He refuses to answer the question, out of embarrassment.
(b) He replies that she is the love of his life.
(c) He replies that she is his cousin.
(d) He replies that she is a casual acquaintance.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the end of Part 6, what sound does Kundera hear?
2. In the cinematographer's apartment, what happens?
3. What is the last thing Jaromil ever sees?
4. When does Jaromil feel that the girl belongs to him completely?
5. Why has the middle-aged man arranged signals with the people who visit him?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Jaromil feel while he is visiting the janitor's son at the police station? What does this say about his personal growth?
2. After a period of estrangement from Maman, why is Jaromil ready to make peace with her? How do the two of them have very different perceptions of this reconciliation?
3. Jaromil's first revelation about duty is that it is "voluntary and represents human daring and dignity" (Part 5, Chapter 11, pg 263). Given his situation, is this true?
4. The group of poets, Jaromil among them, is invited to speak at the police academy in the countryside. What is the irony of this situation and what does it say about the ideals they espouse?
5. According to Jaromil, why did he run from the window where he first saw the redheaded girl? How does this move the story forward and reveal Jaromil's personality at the same time?
6. What are Jaromil's hopes for the two women in his life? What does this show about his understanding of both women?
7. When the girl visits the middle-aged man, she is wearing winter clothes. What does this detail reveal about the timing in the story?
8. "History does not always make a dramatic entrance, it often seeps through every-day life like dirty dishwater. In our story, History makes its appearance in the guise of underwear" (Part 5, Chapter 8, pg 239). What does this mean in the context of Jaromil's story?
9. In planning the documentary about Jaromil's life, what do Maman and Jaromil reveal about themselves? What do they reveal about their relationship?
10. As it is painfully revealed in Part 5, Chapters 4 - 6, why do Maman and Jaromil struggle to live together? What does this say about their relationship as mother and son?
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