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 question does the schoolgirl ask Joey over and over and over when he is in her bedroom?

2. What is the professor who is known as "Anti-Filidor's" real last name?

3. Through which of his body parts does Kneadus think Syphon's innocence can be ruined?

4. Who interrupts the dual, loudly clattering into the classroom?

5. How does Joey feel about having to stay with the Youngbloods while he is in school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What interesting items does Joey find in Zuta's bedroom when he snoops through her belongings?

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

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

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

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

8. What are Valek and Kneadus doing in the woods when Auntie and Uncle find them there?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

When Joey arrives at the school, his schoolmates quickly divide up into two gangs, the lads and the guys. First, explain how the division among the boys came about in the schoolyard. Who is declared the leader of each of the gangs? What characteristics define the boys who are lads and boys who are guys? In what way does the schoolyard division reflect the social divide that is taking place in the town Joey lives in? Be sure to cite examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

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