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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 the literary method used in the novel?

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

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

4. How does Stephen regulate the noise he hears in the refractory?

5. What is the rumor about the five boys who ran away from Clongowes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the effort Stephen puts in to remain pious.

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

3. Why does the rector come into Stephen's classroom?

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

5. Write down how Stephen hears hell described.

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

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

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

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

10. How does Stephen define art to Lynch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on your opinion regarding corporal punishment in schools. Use the examples of the pandybat and the flogging of the runaways from the novel. Explain how effective you think corporal punishment is or is not. Give your opinion as to whether it should be banned in schools.

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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