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

2. Which of the following characters doesn't know who Norwid is?

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

4. Where does Pimko hide while taking notes on the children while they play at the playground?

5. Who does Kneadus attack upon entering the Youngblood home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the Youngbloods?

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

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

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

5. Who is Doctor Filidor?

6. At the opening of the novel, how does Joey feel when he first wakes from sleep?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

When Joey is reverted back to the body of a teenager, he is sent to stay at an all-boys boarding school. First, describe the setting of the school. How does the school in the novel compare to traditional schools in our culture? How do the teachers treat the students? How do the students treat the teachers? In what way is the relationship between students and teachers a direct reflection of the overall emotions of the society Joey is apart of in the novel?

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