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 political figure becomes a topic of conversation and disagreement among the adults?

2. What does Mr. Casey say he did to a woman who was speaking ill of Parnell?

3. What goes through Stephen's mind about the beautiful girl at the party?

4. At school, what is the unusual word Stephen sees carved into a desk?

5. How do the boys see Stephen after he talks with the rector?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the priest introduces the subject of hell.

2. What is the extent of Stephen's knowledge of Parnell?

3. Describe Stephen's weekdays in Blackrock.

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

5. Relate the conversation Stephen overhears about runaway boys.

6. What happens to pull Stephen out of his doubt and mistrust?

7. Describe Stephen's new outlook on the love of God.

8. Describe the unjust punishment Father Dolan gives Stephen.

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

10. How does Stephen try to help his family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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