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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. How many children did Joyce's parents have?

2. What preparatory school did Joyce and his younger brother attend?

3. Which of Joyce's sisters came to live with him in Trieste?

4. School records show that Joyce was punished for ______________________.

5. Where is Joyce transferred when he is forced to leave the position in #41?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did Stanislaus play in Joyce's life in 1905-1906?

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

3. What was always an important source of inspiration for Joyce's writing?

4. How did Joyce use family relationships in his work and why did Ellmann think Joyce did so?

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

6. How did Joyce come to be in Pola in Yugoslavia and why did he eventually leave?

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

8. Describe the salient points of Ellmann's explanation of Joyce's writing of "The Dead".

9. Describe Joyce's father, John's, young life in Ireland.

10. What was Joyce like as a college student at University College in Dublin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Stanislaus Joyce. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What were his primary motivations during his life?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the book. Why would writers have a lonely life even though it may have seemed exciting and glamorous to other people? Why would Nora have had an especially lonely life being the wife of James Joyce? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Joyce was befriended by some of the most famous literary talents in the world such as Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats. Select one of Joyce's literary friends and compare and contrast his/her life and work to Joyce's.

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