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 schoolgirl's body parts are most intriguing to Joey when he first meets her?

2. Which of the following actions is not something the children do to try to prove Pimko wrong in his theories about them?

3. What language does Joey's class work on translating, even though no one is prepared?

4. What time does the school girl agree to meet her friends for a movie?

5. After experiencing the dream in which the apparition waves to him, what does Joey feel most inspired to do when he wakes up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator feel about Chopin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who is Doctor Filidor?

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

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

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 3

Throughout the novel there are many references to the human body. Choose at least two scenes in which a part of the human body is a key element. What metaphor is being created through the use of these body parts? What is the overarching message the narrator is trying to communicate about the symbolism of the human body in literature?

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