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. Which of the following body parts is not one Momsen attacked on Filibur's wife?

2. Who wins in the pistol shootout between Momsen and Filibur?

3. When Joey dreams of seeing himself in various forms of maturity in a dream, how do his other "selves" treat each other?

4. How does Joey feel when he wakes up from his bizarre dream at the opening of the novel?

5. Which of the following sciences does Professor Filidor study?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when the Marquis de Filiberthe joins the brawl at the tennis match?

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

4. Why does Joey alter the fruit compote he is served for dessert with the Youngblood family?

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

6. How does Aunt Hurlecka come to Joey's rescue while he is on the outskirts of town?

7. What type of writers does Joey find most annoying in the literary world?

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

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

10. What motivation does the narrator say he has for wanting to be a storyteller?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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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