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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the beginning of the novel, the narrator claims his mission could have been completed in what city?
(a) Prague.
(b) Bratislava.
(c) Tisovec.
(d) Brno.

2. What is the name of the man Ludvik asks for at the booth at the gate of the hospital?
(a) Dr. Zemanek.
(b) Dr. Lucie
(c) Dr. Klara
(d) Dr. Kostka.

3. Helena believes that there is no split between what?
(a) Politics and morals.
(b) Church and state.
(c) Public and private selves.
(d) Husband and wife.

4. How does the narrator view the town square of his hometown after his long absence?
(a) He finds it charming.
(b) He finds it beautiful.
(c) He finds it changed from his memory.
(d) He finds it unsightly.

5. Who narrates part three of "The Joke"?
(a) Ostrava.
(b) Ludvik.
(c) Marketa.
(d) Lucie.

Short Answer Questions

1. After a disappointing leave in pursuit of the infamous 'Candlestick,' Ludvik decides the same weekend as Stana's wedding to go off on his own. Who does Ludvik meet this weekend?

2. Who is the narrator of the part two?

3. What is the name of Helena's daughter?

4. What organ does Helena have trouble with, under the slightest bit of exertion?

5. Ludvik asks Kostka for a recommendation for what service?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Helena feel about the Party?

2. Ludvik relates the story of a easy woman who fell in love. Describe the story and its meaning.

3. How does Kostka justify leaving his wife and child?

4. How is Ludvik received by the dark Slovak NCO who got a first at marksmanship?

5. How does Kostka feel about how he treated Lucie, when he reflects back?

6. How does Ludvik take the first part of his shave?

7. What does Ludvik conclude his failure in his relationship with Lucie amounted to?

8. Why doesn't Ludvik search for Lucie after she goes missing? How about after he is free from Ostrava?

9. How is Ludvik's attitude immediately following his move to Ostrava?

10. Why does Ludvik feel frustrated when he leaves the barber for his shave?

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