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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the preacher say is available to the living to spare them from this everlasting torment?
(a) candles and incense
(b) vows
(c) unqualified absolution
(d) repentance

2. What offer does the director make to Stephen when he calls him to his office?
(a) to become his assistant
(b) to become the student enforcer
(c) to skip a grade in school
(d) to join the Jesuits

3. After dinner, why does Stephen march out of the house?
(a) to find a chapel in which to confess
(b) to return to school and see Father Arnall
(c) to find Emma and beg her forgiveness
(d) to go by the brothels to see if he can overcome his lusts

4. 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 pretend to plug up his ears
(d) to ask the rector a difficult question

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

6. To what does Stephen devote each different day of the week?
(a) to studying a different section of the catechism
(b) to a different religious facet or figure
(c) to physical exercise
(d) to recruiting new students to join him

7. Where does Stephen's father want to send him?
(a) the university
(b) to a trade school
(c) to Australia
(d) to New York

8. What goes through Stephen's head as he enters the confessional?
(a) He anticipates great relief afterward.
(b) He wishes his sin had been any but the one it is.
(c) He considers running away.
(d) He wonders if the priest will recognize his voice.

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

10. 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

11. What does Stephen seem to hear now that he has changed the course of his life?
(a) noisey clanging of discord
(b) strains of elfin music filled with nature
(c) symphonies of opportunity
(d) raindrops falling on his head

12. What does Stephen feel by allowing sin to creep near to him before resisting it at the last moment?
(a) a terrible fear
(b) an intolerable weakness
(c) like playing a joke on the devil
(d) a sense of power

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

14. Going through all these strict devotions, how does Stephen come to feel about himself?
(a) as an unworthy penitent
(b) as a person burdened with grave responsibility
(c) as a serious candidate for the priesthood
(d) as newly born and as having a virtuous soul

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the preacher define sin?

2. Alone in his room, what does Stephen see when he closes his eyes?

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

4. What does Stephen discover when he returns home from the director's office?

5. What does Stephen think when he sees his friends playing in the water?

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