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. Where does Joey think he is going in life?

2. Which of the following items is not an element noodles can be broken down into, according to Momsen?

3. When Joey storms back into the schoolgirl's bedroom, what blinds him upon entry?

4. How old is Joey at the opening of the novel?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joey see when he spies on the Youngblood family as they get ready for the morning in the bathroom?

2. How does the crowd at the tennis match respond to all the craziness going on around the field?

3. What does the narrator of the novel think about symmetry?

4. How do the school kids respond when they see Pimko spying on them, taking notes?

5. What reason does Joey give for his own personal struggle with immaturity?

6. How does Joey react when Zuta calls him a clown?

7. What type of literary critic does the narrator despise?

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

9. How does the narrator explain his beliefs that all art is an imitation?

10. How does Auntie feel about the budding friendship between Valek and Kneadus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Pimko's school, the best attribute a student can have is immaturity. First, describe why immaturity is such an alluring character trait for the students in Pimko's school. Then, describe how the teachers manipulate the immature students' brains. What commentary is Gombrowicz making about academia in general through the use of his overbearing, opinionated teachers? 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

Zuta is described as being a "modern" schoolgirl. First, describe the character of Zuta. What makes her different from the other schoolgirls in her grade? Then, explain what it means to be "modern" in Zuta's society. Is modernity something one is born with or can it be learned? 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

When Joey is reverted back to the body of a teenager, he is sent to stay at an all-boys boarding school. First, describe the setting of the school. How does the school in the novel compare to traditional schools in our culture? How do the teachers treat the students? How do the students treat the teachers? In what way is the relationship between students and teachers a direct reflection of the overall emotions of the society Joey is apart of in the novel?

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