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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. Which was NOT one of the fortuities that gave Tereza the courage to leave home and change her fate?

2. What would have caused Tereza to do anything for her mother?

3. In Part 3, chapter 2, why were Sabina and Tomas touched by the sight of the bowler hat?

4. What world evoked in Sabina a sweet, nostalgic memory of her homeland?

5. What did Franz say about New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Franz's weakness.

6. In Part 2, Chapter 29, what were Tereza's first thought when Tomas had come back to Prague because of her?

7. What does the word "woman" represent for Franz?

8. Describe Marie-Claude's personality.

9. In Part 4, Chapter 3, describe the meeting of the the crowd of umbrellas in the street which Tereza encounters.

10. What were books for Tereza?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If you were asked to retract a letter for the sake of saving your career, what would you do? Would you save your career or your pride? Write how Tomas's and Tereza's life would have had a different outcome if Tomas had retracted the letter.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the three options to write about:

1. The influence of women on the various characters: Tereza's mother on Tereza, Franz's mother on Franz, Tomas's wife on Tomas and Simon's mother on Simon.

2. The influence of communism on the various characters: Tomas, Sabina, Simon, Tereza.

3. The result of infidelity on Tereza, Tomas, Sabina, Franz and Marie-Claude.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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