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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 does Stephen suspect is also in the audience the night of the play?

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

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

4. What is demanded by boys Stephen meets on the road?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Father Arnall explain the purpose of the retreat?

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

5. Classify Stephen as a university student.

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

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

8. What are the sights and sounds that accompany Stephen's walk to the university in the mornings?

9. What is the reaction of the students after Stephen goes to see the rector?

10. How does Stephen view his friend, Davin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the imagery of myths and fables. Start with the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. Explain how Icarus' fatal flight can be used to illustrate a person's reaching for a dream. Include in the essay the image of a father giving advice to his son and the rebelliousness of the son. In this novel, that imagery applies more to Stephen and his mother.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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