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

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What affect does the first week of the Russian occupation have on Tereza?



2. Who does Sabina's bowler hat belong to?



3. Where does Tomas first meet Tereza?



4. What is the first piece of furniture Franz ever buys for himself?



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



Short Essay Questions

1. All her life Sabina has proclaimed kitsch her enemy. But, Kundera asks, hasn't she in fact been carrying it with her? How has Sabina been carrying kitsch with her?



2. In Part 5, Chapter 10, what distinguishes the women who looks like a giraffe and a stork from others?



3. Once she's in his home, how does Tereza behave that announces she does not condone what is happening (the lovemaking) between her and the engineer?



4. What does the ambassador tell Tereza is the three functions of the secret police?



5. What does Franz realize at the end of his trip to Cambodia?



6. In Part 2, Chapter 16, there's a general description of Tereza's dreams. In general, what are her dreams like and what do they represent?



7. Describe why Tomas's return to Prague from Zurich is a mistake?



8. What does Tereza worry would happen if Tomas finds out about her affair with the engineer?



9. Prior to suggesting they move there, what experience has Tereza had with country life?



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



Essay Topics

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

Choose one of the three options to write about:

1.Tomas does not sign the petition to grant amnesty to all political prisoners because he does not believe it will do any good. List three examples from the book that support Tomas's views.

2. Tomas and his son have different views about the power of words and of the article Tomas wrote. List two examples from the book that support Tomas's views and two examples that support his son's views.

3. After the petition is published, Tomas is not sure whether he had made the right decision. List three three reasons why Tomas should or should not have signed the petition.

Tomas questions the fortuitous events that brought him and Tereza together.

1. Why doesn't Tomas go beyond the questioning and conclude whether or not they did belong together?

2. Is Tomas too passive in the relationship, allowing for those fortuitous events to lead the meaning of the relationship? Cite three examples that support your theory.

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