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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

Milan Kundera writes that Franz and Simon are the dreamers of this novel.

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Franz and Simon. How are they the same? How are they different?

2. What purpose does Franza and Simon serve in the novel? Use three events from the book where Franz and Simon's characters have an influence on the theme, and the characters, of the book.

3. Who is the bigger dreamer, Franz or Simon? Cite several examples from the book to support your case.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the three options to write about:

1. Throughout The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera brings up God on a number of occasions. Using examples from the book, discuss his views on this particular subject.

2. Except for Simon and Marie-Claude, all the characters are involved in some type of infidelity. Does the political environment influence people to this type of lifestyle?

3. Describe "kitsch," especially how the author relates it to politics. Use two examples, not concerned with the book, of modern day situations that would be considered "kitsch."

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the three options to write about:

1. Kandera compares the behavior of animals to that of humans. Cite three 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 three 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?

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