The Unbearable Lightness of Being Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why did Tomas's son write a letter to Tomas when they were living in the country?

2. Approximately how many women had Tomas known?

3. What did Tereza refuse to bring along on her walk with Tomas and Karenin?

4. In Part 5, chapter 19, what did the editor say to Tomas when he approached him?

5. In Tereza's dream, what did Karenin give birth to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Kundera claims that the way Tomas rushes into the decision to leave the clinic seems rather odd. He asks, could it perhaps conceal something else, something deeper that escapes Toma s's reasoning? What is the answer to his question?

3. What did Tereza worry would happen if Tomas found out about her affair with the engineer?

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

5. What is at stake if Tomas does not retract the article he wrote?

6. Describe Tomas's work at the clinic.

7. What does the article about the dogs being summarily shot in Russia signify for Tereza?

8. When talking to his son, Simon, what is Tomas's attitude about the article he had written?

9. Does Tomas make a mistake by returning to Prague from Zurich?

10. In the end, Tereza knows she has reached her goals. What are her goals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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. Tomas questions the fortuitous events that brought him and Tereza together. Why didn't Tomas go beyond the questioning and conclude whether or not they did belong together? Was Tomas too passive in the relationship, allowing for those fortuitous events to lead the meaning of the relationship? Cite 3 examples that prove your theory.

3. Tereza holds steady to the fortuitous events that brought her to Tomas. Why does that not bring her peace? Cite 3 examples where she fully recognizes she's in an unhappy relationship.

Essay Topic 2

Tomas and Tereza's love is based on her fidelity.

1. Did Tereza's infidelity help her achieve her goal of having Tomas all to herself? What would have happened had Tereza not had an affair? Did her infidelity cure her from jealousy?

2. Tereza does not believe that Tomas would throw her out if he learns of her affair. What then would Tomas have done? How would him knowing have changed the nature of their relationship?

3. Had Tereza not given up her life to Tomas, making him certain of her fidelity, would he have fallen in love with her and married her? What does your answer say about his character?

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 2 examples, not concerned with the book, of modern day situations that would be considered "kitsch."

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