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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. Why doesn't Lucie want to return to her father?
2. When Ludvik was a young boy in school, financial troubles almost prevented his continuing education. Who saved Ludvik in the eleventh hour?
3. What brought Jaroslav home from University earlier than expected?
4. How many boys were in the game from Lucie's childhood?
5. What was Lucie caught stealing before she left Ostrava?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the difference between Ludvik and Kostka's perceived relationship, according to Kostka.
2. How does Kostka justify leaving his wife and child?
3. Why doesn't Ludvik search for Lucie after she goes missing? How about after he is free from Ostrava?
4. Describe the Helena Ludvik is finally attracted to.
5. How does Kostka feel about how he treated Lucie, when he reflects back?
6. What makes Kostka afraid of women?
7. Describe Jaroslav's house.
8. What event called Kostka's Christianity into question by the administration at the University?
9. Describe Jaroslav's dream at the beginning of part four.
10. What does Christian living mean to Kostka?
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
Why does Ludvik see Lucie as the King of the Ride of the Kings?
Essay Topic 3
What major event ends the novel "The Joke", and what does it symbolize?
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