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 nicknames does Dr. Pimko give to Joey?

2. What does the schoolgirl do to pass her time while she is waiting for her parents to get home after Joey arrives?

3. Where does Joey think he is going in life?

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

5. Where does Syphon roll his eyes to in his first face for the dual?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Kopydra?

2. Why does Joey end up in a field at the end of the novel?

3. How does the narrator explain his beliefs that all art is an imitation?

4. How does Joey feel about the decorations in Mrs. Youngblood's bedroom?

5. Why doesn't Kopydra want to engage in the dual between the lads and the guys?

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

7. How does Mr. Youngblood react to the scene he walks into in Zuta's bedroom while looking for thieves?

8. How does Auntie feel about the budding friendship between Valek and Kneadus?

9. How does Zuta react when Kopyrda sneaks through her bedroom window?

10. How does Aunt Hurlecka come to Joey's rescue while he is on the outskirts of town?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While the rest of the boys in school are busy battling each other, Kopyrda has other priorities. First, describe the character of Kopyrda. What makes him different than the other boys in his classroom? How do the other boys in the class treat Kopyrda? Then, explain what Kopydra's motivations in life are. What is he searching for? Does he have any chance of obtaining his desires? 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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