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. 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

Tereza and Sabina are the closest women in Tomas's life.

1. Compare and contrast the characters of Tereza and Sabina. How are they the same? How are they different?

2. What would have happened if Tomas and Tereza had not married and he had kept both her and Sabina lovers? Use passages in the book to portray the relevance Sabina had in Tomas's and Tereza's life and whether it would have been beneficial for the couple for Sabina to remain in Tomas's life.

3. Should Tomas have pursued a long-term relationship with Sabina rather than with Tereza? Cite passages from the book to show why Tomas may have found a more compatible person in Sabina.

Essay Topic 2

In the end, Tomas and Tereza feel that they can take refuge in the country.

1. Why is country life safe from the Communist Regime? Site three examples.

2. What is the country life like in Czechoslovakia?

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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