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

2. Where does Syphon roll his eyes to in his first face for the dual?

3. Which of the schoolgirl's body parts are most intriguing to Joey when he first meets her?

4. Which community does the narrator think is the stupidest community in the world?

5. What unit of currency is used in the town in which Momsen and Filibur live?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mrs. Filidor caught in the crossfires of her husband's battle?

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

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

4. What division takes place on the schoolyard after Pimko's notes have been read?

5. Who is Kopydra?

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

7. What community does the narrator claim is the stupidest community of all, and why?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Joey struggles with issues of his own self maturity. First, describe what Joey's maturity level was like at the opening of the novel and compare that to his maturity level at the end of the novel. Then, choose at least two scenes in the novel that you believe showcase Joey's journey toward maturity. Describe these scenes, and explain how they exemplify Joey's journey.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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