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 is Stephen's most troubling problem as he sees it?

2. Why is Stephen exempted from his classes?

3. What is the name of the character Stephen is fixated on?

4. What does Stephen do about new words he hears the adults use?

5. What do the older men Stephen walks with usually talk about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Write down how Stephen hears hell described.

2. Describe Stephen's weekdays in Blackrock.

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

4. How does Stephen encounter the dean of studies?

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

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

7. What describes Stephen's deepening connection with literature?

8. What is Stephen's impression of Clongowes Wood College?

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

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

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 reversal of fortune. In your essay discuss ways people can cope with losing everything they own and starting over. Mention the difference between young people and older people when financial calamity occurs.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on following your dreams. What might have happened to Stephen if he abandoned his dream of becoming an artist? From that perspective, write your essay on the importance of pursuing a career path that is ultimately fulfilling.

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