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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 man and no longer a boy
(d) as a liberated Catholic

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

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

4. 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 contempt for education
(c) her indifference
(d) her distrust of him

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

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

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

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

9. Although he purposefully enters the brothel, how does he feel later?
(a) numbed as though he had not gone in
(b) justified that he acted only out of nature
(c) wounded and shamed by much of what he perceives there
(d) disturbed that he cannot save the workers there

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

11. 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) As a mother, she overlooks the sins of her children.
(d) She has chosen him to be her white knight.

12. What do the sermons do for Stephen?
(a) They make him reject the teaching of the Church.
(b) They give him a good laugh.
(c) They put him to sleep.
(d) They pierce Stephen's clouded mind and sin-numbed soul.

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

14. Who does not want Stephen to go to the university?
(a) his brothers and sisters
(b) the Jesuits
(c) Stephen
(d) his mother

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What strikes fear into the sinner, but is a blessed moment for the believer?

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

3. How does Stephen begin seeing himself?

4. What causes Stephen to recall how saints were tried again and again by sin?

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

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