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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. How does Stephen follow the adult conversation at Christmas?

2. What makes Stephen angry with himself?

3. Who gets into an argument during Christmas dinner?

4. What does Stephen like in Doctor Cornwell's Spelling Book?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Stephen encounter the dean of studies?

2. Classify Stephen as a university student.

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

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

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

6. What are the subject of the retreat and what do they cause Stephen to think about?

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

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

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

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

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 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 a mother's love. Start with Cranly's assessment of a mother's love and how his arguments affected Stephen. Your essay will either agree with Cranly or disagree and should include some examples to illustrate your point.

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