Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Moravia as Ludvik sees it upon his return at the beginning of "The Joke".
Ludvik describes Moravia as very shabby. It seems to be worse for wear after his time away and its long military past.
2. Describe Ludvik's hotel room in Moravia.
Ludvik's hotel room in Moravia is on the second floor. It has a bed and a table with only one chair. The bed is very low and sags like a hammock. There is only cold water available.
3. How does Ludvik describe Kostka?
Ludvik refers to Kostka as a strange character. Kostka is very moral and a bit unstable. He was divorced from his wife because he lived everywhere but with her and their child.
4. What is Kostka's living situation?
Kostka has a bachelor pad in Moravia by his hospital. He also has a fiancee in a town fifteen miles away. He is unsure he will find a job to facilitate his moving to her town or her moving to his town. For now, Kostka is traveling back and forth.
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