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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Stephen feel about the Virgin?
(a) Mary does not humiliate the sinner who approaches her.
(b) She can order her Son to do her will.
(c) She has chosen him to be her white knight.
(d) As a mother, she overlooks the sins of her children.

2. How does the preacher define sin?
(a) a wallowing in sinful mire
(b) a rebellion of the intellect, incompatible with our true nature
(c) a slap in the face of God
(d) a giving in to our naturally base natures

3. 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 he will reincarnate as a beast.
(c) That it is the hell awaiting him: bestial and foul.
(d) That he will find salvation in a field.

4. What about his life in the past does Stephen now wonder about?
(a) why his family always had such bad luck
(b) why he had been born
(c) why he refused the priesthood
(d) why he always thinks too much

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

6. What does Stephen think when he sees his friends playing in the water?
(a) how they seem happy and without a care in the world
(b) how confident they appear against his insecurities
(c) how they look characterless and pitiable in their nakedness
(d) how much stronger their bodies appear than his does

7. 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 leaning toward joining the Jesuits.
(d) He is losing his faith again.

8. How does Stephen now view his life?
(a) as a complete waste from which he learned nothing
(b) as a drudge worker in a heartless world
(c) as a hopeless drifter without proper education
(d) as an escape from the old path and embarking on a new one

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

10. What are some things Stephen remembers while contemplating his sins?
(a) peeping on girls in their bath
(b) the filthy pictures he had drawn
(c) the ribald poetery he wrote
(d) his sordid dreams and the foul letters he had written

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

12. 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 does not see the priest as being more devoted than he is.
(c) He is filled with pride that the director thinks he is so good.
(d) He is filled with fear that his family will reject him.

13. What is Stephen coming to believe about gaining wisdom?
(a) It must involve his family.
(b) It must come from his own experience.
(c) It must be learned through study.
(d) It must happen through a miracle.

14. What is it about his mother that really bothers Stephen when the subject of the university comes up?
(a) her objection to the expense
(b) her distrust of him
(c) her contempt for education
(d) her indifference

15. On his guilt trips, what does Stephen believe?
(a) that maybe there is no God and no need for religion
(b) that false homage to God cannot atone for sin as grievous as his.
(c) that he can confess to the Virgin and never do it again
(d) that God created him the way he is and there is nothing he can do about it

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the sermons do for Stephen?

2. What does Stephen suddenly realize about his family relationships?

3. Who does not want Stephen to go to the university?

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

5. Going through all these strict devotions, how does Stephen come to feel about himself?

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