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. How does the preacher define sin?

2. What sensation does Stephen get while thinking back to Clongowes?

3. What does the rector say the retreat signifies?

4. Who does not want Stephen to go to the university?

5. Alone in his room, what does Stephen see when he closes his eyes?

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 about a mother's love. Start with Cranly's assessment of a mother's love and how his arguments affected Stephen. Your essay will either agree with Cranly or disagree and should include some examples to illustrate your point.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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