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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 do immediately after the play?

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

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

4. Who gets upset when several of the boys cannot answer a question correctly in Latin class?

5. What do Stephen and Aubrey Mills formulate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Relate the conversation Stephen overhears about runaway boys.

5. How does Stephen view his friend, Davin?

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

7. What does Stephen imagine about the girl named Emma?

8. Explain how the sermons during the retreat affect Stephen.

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

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

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 entitled, Imagery in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In your essay, select one or two passages with some of Joyce's literary imagery and explain why these in particular appealed to you. Discuss how imagery in literature paints a mental picture for the reader.

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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