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

3. Who suggests that Stephen broke his glasses himself in order to get out of his schoolwork?

4. Who does Stephen know for sure is in the audience for a play he is in at school?

5. What habit does Stephen hang onto?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the specifics Stephen is troubled by from his past life?

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

3. Discuss briefly Stephen's longing for a loving embrace.

4. Contrast the definitions of what it means to be Irish between Davin and Stephen.

5. Explain Stephen's feelings about his sinful nature.

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

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

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

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

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 on decision making. The symbolism of Stephen's pacing back and forth between the chapel and Byron's pub is his crossroads decision to return to the church and become a priest or give in to his desire to become an artist. In your essay discuss both the rational and emotional elements involved in decision making process.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about symbolism in literature. Refer to the bridge crossing of Stephen right after he saw the Christian brothers go across. Explain the symbolism of his making a life crossing at that moment that would lead him in a whole different direction.

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