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

2. Which writer wrote to Joyce asking for some of Joyce's work to be included in an anthology?

3. Joyce had physical problems with iritis and _________________.

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

5. How did Joyce choose to deal with his troubles?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Joyce perceived in the literary community in Dublin in 1902?

2. Describe Joyce's personal and professional challenges when he returned to Paris in 1903.

3. What bad luck awaited Joyce when he went to Trieste for a position at a Berlitz school?

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

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

6. What did Joyce do when he still had money problems upon his return to Trieste?

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

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

9. What was the source of a major break between Joyce and Nora in 1909 and what happened after he and Nora reconciled?

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

Religion takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of the religious beliefs? How pervasive were the religious beliefs? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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

Describe the role of Joyce's family in his life. What did it mean for each of the main characters? How did the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical was this family comapred to most Irish families living during the early-20th century?

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