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. How does the narrator claim novels are properly read?

2. Which of the following characters doesn't know who Norwid is?

3. Which of the following is not an excuse students give in the English classroom to ensure they won't have to speak about the assigned poetry?

4. Which of the following familial groups has the largest influence on the way Joey lives his life?

5. According to the narrator, what are all writers dependent on above all else?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator claim a novel is truly read?

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

3. What is Mrs. Youngblood's reaction to Joey's age?

4. What happens in the battle of face-pulling between Syphus and Kneadus?

5. Why doesn't Kopydra want to engage in the dual between the lads and the guys?

6. How does Dr. Pimko react when he reads the writing Joey has completed after waking from his strange dream?

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

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

9. What relationship does Pimko hope will transpire between Joey and Zuta?

10. How does the narrator feel about Chopin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Doctor Pimko is introduced at the opening of the novel as a much different doctor than he is at the end of the novel. First, describe the first scenes in which Pimko is introduced to the reader. How is he treating his patients? Then, compare that to the Doctor Pimko the reader sees at the end of the novel. Choose at least two scenes that you think best exemplify Doctor Pimko's change, and describe these scenes.

Essay Topic 2

The narrator of this novel has very strong opinions of what art is in society and how to accomplish it. First, describe the difference between what the narrator calls "art" with a lowercase a and "Art" with an uppercase A. Then, describe the narrator's opinions of the art community as a whole. Do you agree with the narrator's opinions of art? Finally, describe how the narrator's opinions of art reflect his feeling about this novel. Be sure to choose at least two scenes from the novel that you think best exemplify and strengthen your argument and describe them in this essay.

Essay Topic 3

While the rest of the boys in school are busy battling each other, Kopyrda has other priorities. First, describe the character of Kopyrda. What makes him different than the other boys in his classroom? How do the other boys in the class treat Kopyrda? Then, explain what Kopydra's motivations in life are. What is he searching for? Does he have any chance of obtaining his desires? 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.

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