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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 happens in Stephen's poem about the girl in the tram?
(a) He kisses her.
(b) He sits her in his lap.
(c) He helps her off the tram.
(d) He calls her Mercedes.

3. What makes Stephen angry with himself?
(a) his youth and foolish impulses
(b) his inability to express himself
(c) his lack of ambition
(d) his lack of proper education

4. What emotion does Stephen have over the reversal of his family's fortunes?
(a) sadness
(b) indifference
(c) mortification
(d) incredulity

5. How does Stephen regulate the noise he hears in the refractory?
(a) closing and opening the flaps of his ears
(b) shutting out sound by concentration on home
(c) putting beans in his ears
(d) humming softly to himself

Short Answer Questions

1. Who gets upset when several of the boys cannot answer a question correctly in Latin class?

2. What results when Stephen is bullied again?

3. At school, what is the unusual word Stephen sees carved into a desk?

4. Who does Stephen fantasize about marrying when he grows up?

5. What is the name of the character Stephen is fixated on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the specifics Stephen is troubled by from his past life?

2. Describe Stephen's first encounter with the girl on the tram.

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

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

5. Describe the conflict in Stephen as he leaves the director's office.

6. At the beginning of the novel, what does Stephen remember?

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

8. Tell how Stephen begins to look at his country in a different way.

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

10. How does Father Arnall explain the purpose of the retreat?

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