Ferdydurke Test | Final 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 Joey feel about visiting the outskirts of the city in search of the farmhand?

2. What are the peasants on the outskirts of town afraid the boys have come to steal from them?

3. What motivation does the narrator give as to why he wants to tell his stories?

4. Who arranges for the valet to be fired after being caught in the woods with Kneadus?

5. What does Joey pay the beggar in the street to hold in his mouth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator of the novel think about symmetry?

2. What are Valek and Kneadus doing in the woods when Auntie and Uncle find them there?

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

4. How does Mrs. Youngblood react when she sees Zuta walking down the street with a boy she doesn't know?

5. Who starts the final brawl of the novel?

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

7. What happens when the Marquis de Filiberthe joins the brawl at the tennis match?

8. How does Zuta respond when she realizes Joey is spying on her?

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

10. How do Joey and Kneadus fare while searching for the farmhand in the city?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the narration of this novel, it becomes increasingly clear to the reader that "reality" is fluid. First, explain what the narrator means by "fluid reality." Who seems to be in charge of this reality and how does this character exert control over the form? 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

Joey comes into contact with various members of his family as the novel progresses. First, explain why Joey's family is so broken and scattered. How has this element of his life affected Joey's level of maturity? Then, choose at least one scene in which one of Joey's family members pops up unexpectedly. How does Joey react to this surprise? How does the reintroduction of family affect the way Joey interacts with the outside world?

Essay Topic 3

Art, and writing in particular, is an theme central in the novel. What argument is the novel trying to make about structure. According to this book, what makes a good novel? What relationship should the author of the book have with its audience? How does the narrator of this novel feel about traditional form narration and how do you see that opinion reflected in the text? 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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