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. Kostka hopes that Ludvik will use his flat for what?

2. As a student, where did Ludvik hold an important post?

3. Ludvik decides to leave his hotel shortly after arriving for the first time. What does he want to do?

4. Who is Ludvik's first friend, or the person that sticks out most to him, in his group of black-insignias?

5. What does Ludvik think of this woman's voice who shaved him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Helena describe Zemanek in part two?

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

6. Describe the circumstances under which Helena fell in love with Zemanek.

7. What is the relationship between Kostka and Ludvik like?

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

9. How does Helena feel about the Party?

10. What is a typical day in the life of Ludvik at Ostrava?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

What is the joke, following the title of this book? Are there more than one? Compare and contrast.

Essay Topic 3

What brings Ludvik back to folk music? What does this return symbolize?

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