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

2. What part about Mrs. Youngblood is particularly annoying to Joey when he thinks about her?

3. What happens when the ship owner's wife slaps the man sitting next to her?

4. What does Uncle find the valet doing for Kneadus out in the woods, which enrages him?

5. What game does Joey play with Kneadus and the servants on his first day at Auntie's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the crowd at the tennis match respond to all the craziness going on around the field?

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

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

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

5. What motivation does the narrator say he has for wanting to be a storyteller?

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

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

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

9. Why does Joey create a peephole between his bedroom and Zuta's bedroom?

10. How does Kneadus react when he sees the farmhand he has been searching for working at Auntie's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

When Joey is alone with Zuta he has a difficult time communicating with her. Choose at least two scenes in which Joey finds himself unable to physically communicate with Zuta. How does Joey unleash the frustration he feels at his ineptitude? Then, explain how each of these scenes highlights the different levels of maturity and character growth in Joey and Zuta.

Essay Topic 3

When Joey arrives at the school, his schoolmates quickly divide up into two gangs, the lads and the guys. First, explain how the division among the boys came about in the schoolyard. Who is declared the leader of each of the gangs? What characteristics define the boys who are lads and boys who are guys? In what way does the schoolyard division reflect the social divide that is taking place in the town Joey lives in? Be sure to cite examples from the text to strengthen your argument.

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