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. When does Helena believe her co-workers started disliking her?

2. Where was Ludvik summoned the day after he returned to his post at University in his third year?

3. What does Zemanek do at university?

4. Moravia reminds the narrator of what city?

5. Where does Kostka live?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Helena feel about younger women?

2. What were the common criticisms given to students at University in the Party? Ludvik describes them as "seeds" that all the students carried with them, to be used against themselves at a moment's notice.

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

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

5. How does Helena feel about the Party?

6. What is Helena's credo?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Ludvik see Lucie as the King of the Ride of the Kings?

Essay Topic 2

What does the Black Insignia signify to Ludvik? To the Party?

Essay Topic 3

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

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