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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT true about Joyce's younger brother?
(a) He was artistic.
(b) He was athletic.
(c) He was blunt.
(d) He was determined.

2. Who was the main character in the novel in #32?
(a) Stephen Hero.
(b) Michael Collins.
(c) David Trimble.
(d) John Paulus.

3. Why had Joyce and Nora not yet married?
(a) They didn't have the money for a wedding.
(b) They wanted to rebel against society.
(c) Nora was not sure she loved him.
(d) Joyce did not want to get married.

4. What expensive item did Joyce buy for Nora in Galway?
(a) Bracelet.
(b) Fur coat.
(c) Brooch.
(d) Necklace.

5. Joyce always had a talent for __________________.
(a) Playing the violin.
(b) Painting.
(c) Singing.
(d) Writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the publisher who agreed to print DUBLINERS?

2. Where did the Joyces move when World War I broke out?

3. Why did Joyce have trouble finding housing in Trieste?

4. Who was the London acquaintance who helped Joyce search for jobs?

5. What was always an important source of inspiration for Joyce's literary works?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of writing did Joyce find interesting at this time and which author even sent Joyce a letter?

2. What did Ellmann think were some of the inspirations for Joyce's novel ULYSSES?

3. When did Joyce meet Nora Barnacle and what was she like?

4. When was Joyce born and who had a strong influence on him as a boy?

5. What was Joyce like as a young child in school and for what was he frequently punished?

6. What was Joyce's relationship like with his father and how many siblings did Joyce have?

7. How did Joyce's professional relationship with Yeats begin?

8. What two major forces occurred for Joyce during this disgruntled period in his life?

9. Describe the difficult time Joyce had in Rome while working at the bank.

10. What was the nature of Joyce's work in the 1907-1909 period?

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