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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 happened to Tomas's son as a result of the petition campaign?
(a) he decided to move to the country
(b) he lost his job
(c) he was expelled from university
(d) he decided to leave Prague

2. In Part 4, Chapter 8, what did Tereza know had become of her and Tomas?
(a) Their love had died
(b) They had become a burdon on each other
(c) He grew more and more distant as time went on
(d) She had become a burdon on him

3. In Part 6, Chapter 11, who does Sabina claim is her enemy?
(a) kitsch
(b) communism
(c) Czech immigrants
(d) injustice

4. What did Tereza long to end?
(a) her jealousy
(b) her dependence on Tomas
(c) her weakness
(d) her insecurities

5. At the end of the novel, Tereza feels that if she really had loved Tomas with a great love, she would have...
(a) been more appreciative of his love
(b) stuck it out with him abroad
(c) allowed Tomas to resume his medical practice
(d) not been jealous of his affairs

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Sabina rebel agains?

2. What did Tomas feel the first day he reported to the window washer job?

3. In Part 5, Chapter 27, what did Tereza find in the farm worker's face that she had not seen in ages?

4. What did the bald headed man at the bar accuse Tereza of that caused the engineer to step in?

5. Tomas had come to medicine by...

Short Essay Questions

1. Was Tomas right in not having signed the petition?

2. What causes Tereza to suspect the engineer was sent by the secret police?

3. How do people react as Tomas tries to decide whether or not to retract his article?

4. Describe Tomas's experience as a window washer.

5. In Part 5, Chapter 17, what episode both amuses and horrifies Tomas, proving that he is as tired mentally as he is physically?

6. In Part 5, Chapter 12, what incident with one of his lovers, who he always took to his friend's house, causes Tomas to be appalled?

7. Kundera claims that the way Tomas rushes into the decision to leave the clinic seems rather odd. He asks, could it perhaps conceal something else, something deeper that escapes Toma s's reasoning? What is the answer to his question?

8. Kundera writes, whenever a single political movement corners power, we find ourselves in the realm of totalitarian kitsch. What does he mean by the word "totalitarian?"

9. What is "kitsch?"

10. In the end, Tereza knows she has reached her goals. What are her goals?

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