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. What does Tereza long to end?

2. What is Franz's initial reaction when he is invited to go to Cambodia?

3. What desire leads to Tomas's pursuit of women?

4. In Part 5, Chapter 20, what emotion does Tomas's hospital colleague portray when he sees Tomas working at the window shop?

5. In Part 5, Chapter 2, who does the author attribute the works of the Communist regime of Central Europe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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, and Tereza.

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

Essay Topic 3

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."

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