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. What does the narrator claim all stories are broken down into?

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

3. Which of the following is not a form of torture discussed by the narrator in this novel?

4. While she is doing her language homework, how does Zuta feel about the confrontation that happened at the dinner table earlier that night?

5. Who accuses the valet of stealing the family's silver?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Joey and Kneadus reach the edge of the city in their search for the farmhand?

8. What is the residual effects of the battle between Syphus and Kneadus the day after?

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

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

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 2

The narrator of this novel has very strong opinions of what art is in society and how to accomplish it. First, describe the difference between what the narrator calls "art" with a lowercase a and "Art" with an uppercase A. Then, describe the narrator's opinions of the art community as a whole. Do you agree with the narrator's opinions of art? Finally, describe how the narrator's opinions of art reflect his feeling about this novel. 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

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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