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. How does the schoolgirl react when she realizes that Joey is watching her talk on the phone?

3. Which of the following adjectives best describes Doctor T. Pimko?

4. Who interrupts the dual, loudly clattering into the classroom?

5. Which community does the narrator think is the stupidest community in the world?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Joey's first impression of Zuta when he sees her?

3. What bizarre dream does Joey have the night before the novel opens?

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

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

6. What complaint does the teacher have when Pimko drops Joey off for his first day of school?

7. What division takes place on the schoolyard after Pimko's notes have been read?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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