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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 does Stephen complain about to the rector?

2. What is the name of the school Stephen next enrolls in?

3. What do the boys at school tease Stephen about?

4. Where does Stephen keep himself during the football game?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Having freed himself from religion, how does Stephen see himself?

2. Discuss briefly Stephen's inner conflict.

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

4. Describe the philosophical conversation that Stephen has with the dean of studies.

5. Tell about the punishment Father Dolan gives Fleming in the classroom.

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

7. Show how Stephen begins to weaken in his devotion to God.

8. What is Stephen's general impression of priests?

9. Relate the conversation Stephen overhears about runaway boys.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 on the value of imagination. It was Stephen's imagination in his early years, coupled with his love of language, that ultimately set his path toward becoming a writer. Discuss how youthful imagination leads others toward different goals.

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