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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is detailed by cramped conditions, the darkness, the stench, the fires, the enraged howls and suffering screams of the damned, and the mocking of devils?
(a) the prison for those who commit murder
(b) the treatment Jesus endured at the hands of man
(c) the eternal suffering in hell
(d) the heads of people who willfully sin

3. What does the rector say the retreat signifies?
(a) a chance to enter the seminary
(b) a time off for good behavior
(c) a dedication to better study
(d) a withdrawal from the worldly cares

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

5. In whose honor is the retreat being held?
(a) The Virgin Mary
(b) Saint Francis of Assissi
(c) Saint Jude, patron of lost causes
(d) Saint Francis Xavier, patron of the college

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

7. What interpretation does Stephen give to his dream and visions of beasts in the field?
(a) That anyone looking at him will know his sins.
(b) That it is the hell awaiting him: bestial and foul.
(c) That he will reincarnate as a beast.
(d) That he will find salvation in a field.

8. What does the preacher say awaits those who do not make use of the atonement of Christ to right their relationship with God?
(a) excommunication
(b) oblivion
(c) hell
(d) purgatory

9. What causes Stephen to recall how saints were tried again and again by sin?
(a) his interest in the lives of saints
(b) his ability to avoid temptation
(c) his many daily temptations
(d) his lingering guilt for his past

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

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

12. How could Stephen's thoughts after leaving the director's office be described in one word?
(a) astonished
(b) vain
(c) hostile
(d) empty

13. Leaving the director's office, what does Stephen think about the life offered him?
(a) He questions his motives for wanting to be a priest.
(b) He is filled with fear that his family will reject him.
(c) He does not see the priest as being more devoted than he is.
(d) He is filled with pride that the director thinks he is so good.

14. How does Stephen react to the announcement of the rector?
(a) He is glad he will have a chance to reform.
(b) He plans to be sick next Friday.
(c) His heart withers with fear.
(d) His attitude is one of boredom.

15. What begins to take on an attractive appearance to Stephen?
(a) having religious discussions
(b) giving in to temptation
(c) the idea of becoming a priest
(d) his face in the mirror

Short Answer Questions

1. Since the only sins Stephen has to confess these days are minor, what does his confessor want him to name?

2. Although he purposefully enters the brothel, how does he feel later?

3. What is Stephen's condition as he leaves the retreat?

4. How does Stephen see his acts of devotion to God?

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

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