The Unbearable Lightness of Being Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 4, Chapter 6, looking in the mirror, why did Tereza feel disgusted by her body?

2. With regards to love, what was Sabina's nature?

3. What did Franz's words about love and strength do to Sabina?

4. Why did Tereza refuse the job offer as photographer?

5. Tereza has a dream where she marches around a pool of naked women who are overjoyed by their sameness. What does this part of her dream represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the dream about the naked women in the pool, who resembled each other and who were one by one executed by Tomas, represent?

2. How did Tomas ensure that erotic friendship never grew into the aggression of love?

3. In Part 3, Chapter 4, how does Sabina feel about her own unfairness towards the immigrants?

4. Is reaching the lightness of being Sabina's goal?

5. What type of daughter was Tereza? What was her lifestyle like?

6. What did Tereza write in the letter that she'd left for Tomas in Zurich?

7. Describe Tereza's mother:

8. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what did Tomas struggle with after Tereza returned to her small Czech town?

9. What is Tereza's relationship with her body?

10. "That pendant is ugly," Marie-Claude says to Sabina. Why does she make such a remark?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the three options to write about:

1. Kandera compares the behavior of animals to that of humans. Cite 3 examples where Kandera compares animals to humans and discuss his views on this subject.

2. Kandera questions why humans don't have the selfless love that exists between people and animals. Tereza, for instance, has a better love for her dog than for Tomas. Cite 3 examples of how Tereza's love for her dog Karenin is better than her love for Tomas. What actions would have made her love unconditional?

3. Tereza treats the animals she comes across well. Would she have made a good mother? How do you think her childhood experience might have influenced her relationship with her children, had she had any? Would she have been a happier more fulfilled woman had she had children?

Essay Topic 2

Tomas and Tereza are brought together by fortuitous events.

1. Kandera often brings up the fortuitous events that brought Tomas and Tereza together. How many times does Kandera bring this up> What is he trying to say? Were Tereza and Tomas brought together by chance or fate?

2. Tomas questions the fortuitous events that brought him and Tereza together. Why didn't Tomas go beyond the questioning and conclude whether or not they did belong together? Was Tomas too passive in the relationship, allowing for those fortuitous events to lead the meaning of the relationship? Cite 3 examples that prove your theory.

3. Tereza holds steady to the fortuitous events that brought her to Tomas. Why does that not bring her peace? Cite 3 examples where she fully recognizes she's in an unhappy relationship.

Essay Topic 3

Tomas is a surgeon out of a deep passion and desire.

1. How many times does Tomas jeopardize his career? Cite the incidences where TOmas chooses a route that takes him further and further away from his career.

2. Tomas descends from one job to another, but he claims to Tereza at the end that he is happy. Is Tomas truly happy or pretending to be so? Cite 3 incidences that support your theory.

3. Had Tomas remained in Zurich, where his career as a surgeon flourished, would he have been better off? Or was he destined to be with Tereza and didn't really have a choice? Cite 3 incidences from the book that support your theory.

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