Essay Topic 1
Fully describe the ceremony of the Ride of the Kings. What is the significance of this ceremony in the book?
Essay Topic 2
What is the significance of "the mirror" to the characters of "The Joke"? Pick two characters to focus your essay.
Essay Topic 3
What does the Black Insignia signify to Ludvik? To the Party?
Essay Topic 4
How does Ludvik define himself?
Essay Topic 5
What makes Lucie afraid of physical intimacy and how is it overcome?
Essay Topic 6
Compare and contrast the symbolism inherent in the gifts Ludvik and Lucie give to each other during their time together in Ostrava.
Essay Topic 7
Compare and contrast Jaroslav and his family.
Essay Topic 8
Describe a genuine Moravian wedding. Pick some symbols to describe, compare and contrast.
Essay Topic 9
Why does Ludvik seduce Helena and what goes wrong with his plan?
Essay Topic 10
Outline Kostka's belief system and the...
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