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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 is a major theme of the book?
(a) Catholicism versus Protestantism
(b) Catholic education versus public education
(c) Irish nationalism and Irish identity
(d) Coming of age

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

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

4. What does Stephen wonder about Father Arnall's getting upset?
(a) if it is a sin
(b) if he will have a stroke
(c) if he hates boys
(d) if it means trouble

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Stephen keep pasted inside his desk?

2. How do the boys see Stephen after he talks with the rector?

3. After the punishment, what do the boys urge Stephen to do?

4. What does Stephen figure out about his not returning to Clongowes?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Detail Stephen's experience at acting in a play at school.

3. Mention something about the antagonism Stephen forms toward his mother.

4. Describe Stephen's new outlook on the love of God.

5. How is the cynicism of Stephen revealed in his encounter with a statue?

6. Identify the symbolic passage of Stephen into his self-directed life course.

7. Explain how the sermons during the retreat affect Stephen.

8. Describe Stephen's feelings about himself faced with the upcoming retreat.

9. What punishments are to be meted out to the boys who ran away?

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

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