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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. By summer, where has the family moved?

2. What do Stephen and Aubrey do in the meadow?

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

4. What are Stephen's father and the priests always urging him to do?

5. For what does Stephen continually search?

Short Essay Questions

1. Write down how Stephen hears hell described.

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

3. What are the sights and sounds that accompany Stephen's walk to the university in the mornings?

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

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

6. How does Stephen connect his family name with the new course of his life?

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

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

9. What is Stephen's general impression of priests?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the idea of love at first sight. Use Stephen's early encounter with the girl on the tram as a starting point. Express your opinion about the concept of love at first sight. Include an example from modern day experience.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay entitled, "Why James Joyce is Still Cool." This essay will center around the idea that Joyce's works are as relevant today as they were when they were written. It will also include his fresh approach to writing that makes the reader not want to put the book down. Some mention should also be included about the characters in his novels and what makes them cool as well.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on obsessions. At age sixteen, Stephen's obsession was sex. However, people become obsessed by many other thing--making money, playing video games, drinking and partying, just to name a few. In your essay discuss how people get caught up in certain obsessions and how they tend to put themselves in situations where they can satisfy those desires.

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