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

2. When Joey storms back into the schoolgirl's bedroom, what blinds him upon entry?

3. What is the name of the "cool student" who refuses to take sides in the schoolyard brawl between Kneadus and Syphon?

4. Which of the following is not an excuse students give in the English classroom to ensure they won't have to speak about the assigned poetry?

5. How does Joey feel about having to stay with the Youngbloods while he is in school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who are the Youngbloods?

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

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

9. Who is Kopydra?

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

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

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

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.

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