A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is Stephen's most troubling problem as he sees it?

2. What does Stephen wonder about Father Arnall's getting upset?

3. What is a major theme of the book?

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

5. What emotion does Stephen have over the reversal of his family's fortunes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Explain something of the longing that Stephen feels even from an early age.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay stating your views of parochial education versus public school education. List in your essay the positives and negatives of each. End with your recommendations about education for young children.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on reversal of fortune. In your essay discuss ways people can cope with losing everything they own and starting over. Mention the difference between young people and older people when financial calamity occurs.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about dysfunctional families like Stephen's. In what ways were they dysfunctional? In your essay talk about finances, religious differences, and living conditions which contribute to the dysfunction of a family.

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