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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the symbolism used to show Stephen's returning to nature?
(a) removing his stockings and wading in the breakwater
(b) whistling a response to the song birds
(c) joining the boys to swim in the water
(d) picking up rocks for his collection

2. How does Stephen begin to see his mother's faith?
(a) as fading away with the family trials
(b) as being the cause of his father's failures
(c) as being insincere and empty
(d) as being disloyal toward him

3. How does Stephen see himself because of his frequent visits to the brothel?
(a) as a liberated Catholic
(b) as a man and no longer a boy
(c) sunk into a swamp of spiritual and bodily sloth
(d) as an addict who cannot help himself

4. What distracting sight does Stephen come upon while he wades in the water?
(a) a beautiful girl standing in the water gazing out to sea
(b) a porpoise leaping in the salty water
(c) a passing ship headed for new adventures
(d) a long legged crane perched on one leg

5. When the rector enters the classroom, what does the boy behind Stephen want him to do?
(a) to put an apple on the rector's desk
(b) to lead a salute to the rector
(c) to ask the rector a difficult question
(d) to pretend to plug up his ears

6. What does Stephen think about when he hears his name called?
(a) startled that he almost forgot his real name
(b) Jesus calling his disciples to follow him
(c) what a strange name he has
(d) the Greek myth of Daedalus and his son Icarus as prophecy

7. Where does Stephen's walking around in smaller and smaller circles eventually lead him?
(a) to the brothel quarter
(b) the the church
(c) to his home
(d) to the school

8. How does Stephen classify one who plays the role of a believer though he does not believe?
(a) as an agnostic
(b) as a Jesuit
(c) as a hypocrite
(d) as an atheist

9. How does Stephen come to view all of creation?
(a) as an accident of nature
(b) as the evolution of the species
(c) as a reminder of the lust in the world
(d) as an expression of God's love and power

10. Alone in his room, what does Stephen see when he closes his eyes?
(a) his sins replayed before him
(b) the tears of the virgin Mary
(c) faces of saints
(d) the girl Emma begging bread

11. What keeps him from confessing his unworthiness and walking out of the chapel?
(a) the Virgin Mary
(b) the fear of God
(c) the peacefulness of the chapel
(d) the priest is watching him

12. How does the priest react to Stephen's confession?
(a) in shock and disgust
(b) suspicious that the boy is exaggerating
(c) refusing to give absolution
(d) with kind words and exhortation

13. Why does Stephen exert enormous energy in filling his days with penitent devotion, zealous prayers, and rosary recitations?
(a) to prepare himself for the seminary
(b) to memorize Catholic ritual
(c) in elaborate attempts to mortify his senses
(d) to please his mother

14. What does Stephen suddenly realize about his family relationships?
(a) that they have stiffled the family
(b) that they are becoming stronger
(c) that they have never been strong
(d) that they are silently severing

15. What is happening with Stephen during further hard times for the family?
(a) He is turning to a life of crime.
(b) He is growing stronger in his faith.
(c) He is losing his faith again.
(d) He is leaning toward joining the Jesuits.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Stephen now view the guardians of his boyhood?

2. What sensation does Stephen get while thinking back to Clongowes?

3. How does Stephen now view his life?

4. What suddenly awakens in Stephen as he revels in nature along the breakwater?

5. How does Stephen begin seeing himself?

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