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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. Why does Uncle Charles no longer walk to the shops?

2. Where do Stephen and his father go at night by rail?

3. What happens in Stephen's poem about the girl in the tram?

4. What scandalous suggestion is rumored about the five boys who ran away?

5. Who does Stephen know for sure is in the audience for a play he is in at school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss briefly Stephen's longing for a loving embrace.

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

3. What are some of the specifics Stephen is troubled by from his past life?

4. Briefly describe the argument between Dante and Mr. Casey.

5. How does Stephen try to help his family?

6. Explain how the priest introduces the subject of hell.

7. Relate Mr. Casey's account of an argument with a lady.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the importance of self-reliance. By contrast to Stephen, it was Cranly who was ultimately alone. In your essay explain how being self-reliant actually makes a person more attractive to others.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the idea of love at first sight. Use Stephen's early encounter with the girl on the tram as a starting point. Express your opinion about the concept of love at first sight. Include an example from modern day experience.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on your opinion regarding corporal punishment in schools. Use the examples of the pandybat and the flogging of the runaways from the novel. Explain how effective you think corporal punishment is or is not. Give your opinion as to whether it should be banned in schools.

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