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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. Who bumps Stephen into a square ditch of slimy, cold water?

2. What happens in Stephen's poem about the girl in the tram?

3. What does Stephen do about new words he hears the adults use?

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

5. What happens to Stephen's hands when Father Dolan does not believe his glasses broke by accident?

Short Essay Questions

1. Classify Stephen as a university student.

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

3. Describe the beginnings of the poet in Stephen.

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

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

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

7. Relate the conversation Stephen overhears about runaway boys.

8. Draw a picture of how Stephen keeps returning to the brothel quarter.

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

10. Detail the paradox of Stephen's past and present in regard to the church.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the value of imagination. It was Stephen's imagination in his early years, coupled with his love of language, that ultimately set his path toward becoming a writer. Discuss how youthful imagination leads others toward different goals.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on political and religious bigotry. Explain in your essay how stubbornly held biases are divisive and foster hate and mistrust. Discuss how it is possible for people with different political and religious views to live peacefully together.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the beauty of language. Take examples of some of Joyce's descriptive lines that paint a vivid mental image. Give your opinion as to whether using beautiful language is a lost art. Include in your essay what effect you think text messaging has had on language.

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