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. 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?

2. How does Joey feel about telling the school girl his true age?

3. What does Mr. Youngblood do for a living?

4. What does Joey chew on while he listens to the schoolgirl talk with a friend on the phone?

5. What insect does Kneadus eat as counter-attack to the first face in the dual?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the narrator feel about Chopin?

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

5. Who are the Youngbloods?

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

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

8. Who is Kopydra?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Joey struggles with issues of his own self maturity. First, describe what Joey's maturity level was like at the opening of the novel and compare that to his maturity level at the end of the novel. Then, choose at least two scenes in the novel that you believe showcase Joey's journey toward maturity. Describe these scenes, and explain how they exemplify Joey's journey.

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

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.

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