The Unbearable Lightness of Being Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Tereza feel in the country?

2. How does the engineer treat Tereza during their lovemaking?

3. What has Simon done since childhood?

4. Why does Tereza respond as she does to the engineer's advances?

5. What are Soviet films saturated with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the three options to write about:

1. Throughout The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the question of weight and lightness is often used to describe the reason behind a character's actions. Discuss which characters are pursuing lightness, which characters are more pursuing weight: Tomas, Tereza, Franz, and Sabina.

2. Recurring dreams have a strong impact on Tereza. These dreams interpret her inner struggle with Tomas's affairs. Cite three dreams that were particularly frightening for Tereza.

3. Throughout The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera expresses quite a few observations about the Communist regime and the people that oppose them. Cite three observations that address those views.

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