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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What results from Stephen's fall into the ditch?
(a) He becomes seriously ill.
(b) He needs help to get out of the ditch.
(c) He plans a revenge.
(d) He talks his parents into taking him home.

2. What does Heron claim Lord Byron to be?
(a) to be a hack writer
(b) to be an immoral heretic
(c) to be a Frenchman
(d) to be an imposter

3. What is the name of the character Stephen is fixated on?
(a) Mercedes
(b) Minnie Cooper
(c) Porsche
(d) Bentley Ann

4. What gives Stephen a second clue that all is not well financially with the family?
(a) His father sells the automobile.
(b) He notices slight changes around the house.
(c) He does not get new clothes.
(d) His mother takes in laundry.

5. What habit does Stephen hang onto?
(a) his habit of eavesdropping
(b) his habit of writing poems
(c) his habit of obedience
(d) his habit of cutting classes

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Uncle Charles no longer walk to the shops?

2. Who suggests that Stephen broke his glasses himself in order to get out of his schoolwork?

3. What is the literary method used in the novel?

4. What is a major theme of the book?

5. What limits the omniscience of the narrator of the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the priest introduces the subject of hell.

2. Show how Stephen begins to weaken in his devotion to God.

3. Explain the inconsistency of Stephens' devotion to his mother and his plans for his own future.

4. Identify the disconnect between Stephen and his father.

5. Explain Stephen's feelings about his sinful nature.

6. What was in the verses Stephen wrote about the girl on the tram?

7. What is Stephen's impression of Clongowes Wood College?

8. What is the reaction of the students after Stephen goes to see the rector?

9. Briefly describe the argument between Dante and Mr. Casey.

10. What is the evidence of stress on the family's having to move again?

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