The Joke Test | Mid-Book 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. What is the name of the man Ludvik asks for at the booth at the gate of the hospital?

2. When Marketa and Ludvik reunite at University, how does Marketa act?

3. Ludvik overhears his neighbors in the hotel as soon as he is settled in. What does he learn about the neighbors?

4. What happened in 1956 and how did it affect Helena and Zemanek?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Helena's first meeting with Ludvik like, according to Helena?

2. Describe the story of the dwarfs Ludvik told Marketa.

3. What is Helena's credo?

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

5. How did Marketa react to the postcard Ludvik sent?

6. What is Kostka's bachelor pad like?

7. How does Ludvik find out the identity of the woman who shaved him?

8. How does Helena feel about the Party?

9. What were the early days of Helena and Zemanek's relationship like?

10. Why don't Helena's coworkers like her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Ludvik seduce Helena and what goes wrong with his plan?

Essay Topic 2

In what ways and how does Kostka succeed with Lucie that Ludvik never did? Compare and contrast their relationships.

Essay Topic 3

What major event ends the novel "The Joke", and what does it symbolize?

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