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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 favor does Ludvik ask of Kostka?
2. Ludvik overhears his neighbors in the hotel as soon as he is settled in. What does he learn about the neighbors?
3. Where do Helena and Ludvik go after running around the woods and Helena sings, "Oh brightly shines the sun in our garden..."?
4. What is the name of Helena's daughter?
5. What does Helena's co-workers say about her at work?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the circumstances under which Helena fell in love with Zemanek.
2. How does Ludvik find out the identity of the woman who shaved him?
3. After Marketa and Ludvik speak candidly about the postcard, Ludvik suggests he could win Marketa despite everything. How, and what, does he do?
4. How does Ludvik describe Kostka?
5. Why did Ludvik send Marketa the postcard?
6. What is Kostka's bachelor pad like?
7. How does Ludvik take the first part of his shave?
8. How is Ludvik's attitude immediately following his move to Ostrava?
9. Describe Ludvik's hotel room in Moravia.
10. How is Ludvik received by the dark Slovak NCO who got a first at marksmanship?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is the significance of "the mirror" to the characters of "The Joke"? Pick two characters to focus your essay.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the symbolism inherent in the gifts Ludvik and Lucie give to each other during their time together in Ostrava.
Essay Topic 3
What does the Black Insignia signify to Ludvik? To the Party?
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