The Unbearable Lightness of Being Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

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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. Standing in the anteroom, what saves Tereza from the temptation to burst out crying in the engineer's presence, and thus, fall in love with him?

2. How does Tomas describe the editor to the man from the Ministry?

3. In Part 5, Chapter 27, what does Tereza find in the farm worker's face that she had not seen in ages?

4. In Part 7, What does Tomas catch Tereza doing that upsets him?

5. What does Tereza claim to Tomas during their dance at the hotel bar?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

On a number of occasions, Tomas questions his relationship with Tereza.

1. How many times does Tomas question his relationship with Tereza? Use specific examples that include the when, where, and why?

2. Had Tomas not followed Tereza back to Prague, what type of lifestyle would he have pursued?

3. Tomas dreams of a woman he has not yet met. She is the one for Tomas. What kind of woman would have been more compatible with Tomas? What prevents Tomas from letting go of Tereza to find a happier relationship?

Essay Topic 2

Sabina and Marie-Claude are two of the coldest characters in this novel.

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Sabina and Marie-Claude. How are they the same? How are they different?

2. Has Franz chosen a mistress that has similar characteristics to that of his wife? Cite five examples of how Franz fails to understand the women he married and his lover.

3. Who has less compassion towards Franz, his wife or Sabina? Cite several examples from the book to support your case.

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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