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 Pimko hide while taking notes on the children while they play at the playground?

2. What is the name of the gang of boys Syphon puts together?

3. What does the teacher complain to Pimko about in regard to his students?

4. What is Momsen's girlfriend's name?

5. What is the name of the modern schoolgirl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What complaint does the teacher have when Pimko drops Joey off for his first day of school?

4. What career path has Joey chosen for himself, and what is the general consensus from his family?

5. How does the principal of Joey's school feel about Pimko's psychological style?

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

7. How does the dual between Filidor and Momsen end?

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

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

10. What bizarre dream does Joey have the night before the novel opens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Art, and writing in particular, is an theme central in the novel. What argument is the novel trying to make about structure. According to this book, what makes a good novel? What relationship should the author of the book have with its audience? How does the narrator of this novel feel about traditional form narration and how do you see that opinion reflected in the text? 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

One of the most important scenes in the novel is the emotional battle between Kneadus and Syphus. First, describe what the two boys were battling for. Who was involved in this battle? Who was left out of the fight? Then, describe the actual events of the battle. What emotions were thrown onto the table? Which boy was victorious? Finally, describe the after-effects of the battle on each of the boys in the days following the battle.

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