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 beverage does Kneadus bring over to drink with Joey in his new home?

2. How does Kopydra react when Joey tries to engage him in the schoolyard battle?

3. What does the teacher complain to Pimko about in regard to his students?

4. What hurtful name does the schoolgirl call Joey when he is sitting in her bedroom?

5. Who do the children on the playground think Pimko is when they see him writing notes in hiding?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What career path has Joey chosen for himself, and what is the general consensus from his family?

5. How do the students in Joey's English class feel about the Polish poet, Slsowacki?

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

7. Who is Doctor Filidor?

8. Who is Kopydra?

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

10. How does Joey react when Zuta calls him a clown?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At various places in the novel, the prose is broken up with chunks of poetry or quotes from other published authors. First, choose at least two of these quotes from the novel and explain their significance within the story. Then, explain what is accomplished in the novel overall by including these secondary texts. Do you think the goal is accomplished?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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