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. How does the narrator feel about literary critics who hold fast to the iron-clad rules of construction?

2. What does the schoolgirl do to pass her time while she is waiting for her parents to get home after Joey arrives?

3. In the dream, how does Joey react when he sees a younger apparition of himself waving to him?

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

5. At what time of day does Pimko drop Joey off at the Piórkowski 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. Who is Kopydra?

3. Who are the Youngbloods?

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

5. How do the students in Joey's class respond when they are asked to translate Latin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the narration of this novel, it becomes increasingly clear to the reader that "reality" is fluid. First, explain what the narrator means by "fluid reality." Who seems to be in charge of this reality and how does this character exert control over the form? 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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