A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Stephen's condition as he leaves the retreat?

2. What does the rector announce that will take place on Friday?

3. Whose innocence does Stephen remember trampling on?

4. On his guilt trips, what does Stephen believe?

5. How does Stephen feel about the Virgin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about symbolism in literature. Refer to the bridge crossing of Stephen right after he saw the Christian brothers go across. Explain the symbolism of his making a life crossing at that moment that would lead him in a whole different direction.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on obsessions. At age sixteen, Stephen's obsession was sex. However, people become obsessed by many other thing--making money, playing video games, drinking and partying, just to name a few. In your essay discuss how people get caught up in certain obsessions and how they tend to put themselves in situations where they can satisfy those desires.

Essay Topic 3

Write a review of A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN. Discuss style, language, interest, ease of reading and understanding, and plot development. Whether you give the novel a positive or negative rating, state your reasons.

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