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 groups of people does Kneadus praise?

2. At what time of day does Pimko drop Joey off at the Piórkowski school?

3. Which of the following familial groups has the largest influence on the way Joey lives his life?

4. Which of the following characters is the first to question Joey about his real age?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zuta react when Joey enters her room unannounced?

2. Who is Doctor Filidor?

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

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

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

6. What is Mrs. Youngblood's reaction to Joey's age?

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

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

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

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

In Pimko's school, the best attribute a student can have is immaturity. First, describe why immaturity is such an alluring character trait for the students in Pimko's school. Then, describe how the teachers manipulate the immature students' brains. What commentary is Gombrowicz making about academia in general through the use of his overbearing, opinionated teachers? 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

When Joey arrives at the school, his schoolmates quickly divide up into two gangs, the lads and the guys. First, explain how the division among the boys came about in the schoolyard. Who is declared the leader of each of the gangs? What characteristics define the boys who are lads and boys who are guys? In what way does the schoolyard division reflect the social divide that is taking place in the town Joey lives in? Be sure to cite examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

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