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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the director describe the life of a priest?
(a) as being free from all temptation
(b) as being a way to become rich
(c) as one of constant meditation and prayer
(d) as having authority and power without material cares

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

3. 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 attitude is one of boredom.
(d) His heart withers with fear.

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

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

6. What happens to Stephen's voice as he gets to his major sin?
(a) It becomes stronger.
(b) It is choked with emotion.
(c) It fails him completely.
(d) It is low and murmuring.

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

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

9. What sensation does Stephen get while thinking back to Clongowes?
(a) He feels all grown up.
(b) He feels ashamed of his father's financial difficulties.
(c) He feels his soul become childlike.
(d) He feels like the retreat is like falling into a ditch.

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

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

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

13. How does Stephen now view the guardians of his boyhood?
(a) as necessary influences
(b) as means of controlling him
(c) as ways of keeping him ignorant
(d) as the factor that has made him strong

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

15. 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) hell
(c) purgatory
(d) oblivion

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Stephen resolve to do?

2. After the confession, how does Stephen feel?

3. What does the preacher say is available to the living to spare them from this everlasting torment?

4. Leaving the director's office, what does Stephen think about the life offered him?

5. What offer does the director make to Stephen when he calls him to his office?

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