Ferdydurke Test | Mid-Book 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. Which of the following adjectives best describes the schoolgirl?

2. Where does Joey think he is going in life?

3. What physical change does Joey feel in his body as he is speaking with Dr. Pimko?

4. Which of the following body parts is not one Momsen attacked on Filibur's wife?

5. What sound signifies the end of class at Joey's school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kneadus burst into the Youngblood family home soon after Joey moves in with the family?

2. At the opening of the novel, how does Joey feel when he first wakes from sleep?

3. What happens when Joey and Kneadus reach the edge of the city in their search for the farmhand?

4. How do the students in Joey's classroom treat their teachers?

5. How does Zuta react when Kopyrda sneaks through her bedroom window?

6. How does Zuta react when Joey enters her room unannounced?

7. What happens when the Marquis de Filiberthe joins the brawl at the tennis match?

8. How do Joey and Kneadus fare while searching for the farmhand in the city?

9. How does Joey react to hearing Zuta speak on the telephone with her friends?

10. How does Aunt Hurlecka come to Joey's rescue while he is on the outskirts of town?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Joey has various crushes on female characters he comes across. First, describe the first romantic crush Joey has on a female character in the novel. How does he respond to these romantic feelings? Then, compare Joey's first crush to a crush he has later on in the novel. What has changed in the way Joey responds to these romantic feelings? How do these scenes show growth in Joey's character? Choose at least two examples of scenes from the text that you believe best exemplify and strengthen your argument and describe those scenes in this essay.

Essay Topic 2

The narrator of this novel often interjects his opinions of what is going on and speaks directly to the reading audience. What is accomplished by employing this type of intrusive narrator? What is lost? As a reader, describe your reaction to reading a narrator like this. What did his opinions add to the novel? What did they distract from? Choose at least two examples of scenes from the text that you believe best exemplify and strengthen your argument and describe those scenes in this essay.

Essay Topic 3

Joey comes into contact with various members of his family as the novel progresses. First, explain why Joey's family is so broken and scattered. How has this element of his life affected Joey's level of maturity? Then, choose at least one scene in which one of Joey's family members pops up unexpectedly. How does Joey react to this surprise? How does the reintroduction of family affect the way Joey interacts with the outside world?

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