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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 are Stephen's father and the priests always urging him to do?
(a) to enter the priesthood
(b) to work harder at his lessons
(c) to be a gentleman and a good Catholic
(d) to confess his sins daily

2. Who bumps Stephen into a square ditch of slimy, cold water?
(a) the prefect
(b) a boy named Wells
(c) a boy named Fleming
(d) the language teacher

3. Who gets into an argument during Christmas dinner?
(a) Dante and Uncle Charles
(b) Dante and Mr. Casey
(c) Stephen and Father
(d) Mother and Father

4. What is Stephen's most troubling problem as he sees it?
(a) the lack of faith
(b) the need to make money
(c) the bad influences of his friends
(d) the wasting fires of lust

5. For what does Stephen continually search?
(a) for a job
(b) for his Mercedes
(c) for his fortune
(d) for his friend Aubrey

Short Answer Questions

1. What gives Stephen a second clue that all is not well financially with the family?

2. Where do Stephen and his father go at night by rail?

3. What do the older men Stephen walks with usually talk about?

4. What does Stephen complain about to the rector?

5. Which of the older boys opted for the flogging?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the sixteen-year-old Stephen's confession.

5. How does Stephen define art to Lynch?

6. Describe the philosophical conversation that Stephen has with the dean of studies.

7. What does Stephen imagine about the girl named Emma?

8. What describes Stephen's deepening connection with literature?

9. What happens to Stephen after being pushed into a water-filled ditch on a cold day?

10. Describe the unjust punishment Father Dolan gives Stephen.

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