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 does Joey dream about at the opening of the novel?

2. What sound signifies the end of class at Joey's school?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Doctor Filidor?

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

3. What reason does Joey give for his own personal struggle with immaturity?

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

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

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

7. How do the students in Joey's classroom treat their teachers?

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

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

10. Who is Doctor Momsen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story "The Child Runs Deep in Filibert" is really a comedy of errors. First, describe the inciting incident that set all the action of this story into motion. What events happened as a direct reaction to the inciting incident in this story? Then, explain why you believe the narrator chose to interject this story into Joey and Kneadus' journey. How does the story "The Child Runs Deep in Filibert" directly reflect the main story in the novel of Joey and Kneadus? 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

Joey comes into contact with various members of his family as the novel progresses. First, explain why Joey's family is so broken and scattered. How has this element of his life affected Joey's level of maturity? Then, choose at least one scene in which one of Joey's family members pops up unexpectedly. How does Joey react to this surprise? How does the reintroduction of family affect the way Joey interacts with the outside world?

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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