Fully describe the ceremony of the Ride of the Kings. What is the significance of this ceremony in the book?
What is the significance of "the mirror" to the characters of "The Joke"? Pick two characters to focus your essay.
What does the Black Insignia signify to Ludvik? To the Party?
How does Ludvik define himself?
What makes Lucie afraid of physical intimacy and how is it overcome?
Compare and contrast the symbolism inherent in the gifts Ludvik and Lucie give to each other during their time together in Ostrava.
Compare and contrast Jaroslav and his family.
Describe a genuine Moravian wedding. Pick some symbols to describe, compare and contrast.
Why does Ludvik seduce Helena and what goes wrong with his plan?
Outline Kostka's belief system and the major fallacies reflected in the life he leads.
In what ways and how does Kostka succeed with Lucie that Ludvik...
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