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. Which of the following items is not something Uncle demands from the servant to show him his place in the household?

2. What tragic event happens to the Marquis's wife as she is watching the gentlemen ride up to her husband?

3. What does Joey find inside Zuta's tennis shoe that makes his heart beat quickly?

4. How many children does Aunt Hurlecka have?

5. How do the two tennis players react to seeing their ball shot into the air?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mrs. Youngblood react when she realizes that Joey is in love with Zuta?

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

3. What happens when Pimko also arrives outside Zuta's window while Kopyrda is still inside?

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

5. How does the colonel respond to the tennis game he is watching in the 18th century?

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

7. Who starts the final brawl of the novel?

8. What causes the epileptic seizure that frightens the crowd of spectators at the tennis match?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Doctor Pimko is introduced at the opening of the novel as a much different doctor than he is at the end of the novel. First, describe the first scenes in which Pimko is introduced to the reader. How is he treating his patients? Then, compare that to the Doctor Pimko the reader sees at the end of the novel. Choose at least two scenes that you think best exemplify Doctor Pimko's change, and describe these scenes.

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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