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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. When does Stephen feel happy?

2. Who does Stephen suspect is also in the audience the night of the play?

3. What do Stephen and Aubrey do in the meadow?

4. What is the purpose of the trip that causes Stephen's father to sip from his flask?

5. What choice is given two of the older boys after the group of runaways is returned to Clongowes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss briefly Stephen's inner conflict.

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

3. Why does Stephen take a train trip with his father?

4. What is the reaction of the students after Stephen goes to see the rector?

5. What happens to Stephen after being pushed into a water-filled ditch on a cold day?

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

7. Describe the conflict in Stephen as he leaves the director's office.

8. Tell how Stephen begins to look at his country in a different way.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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