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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. Joyce always had a talent for __________________.

2. What expensive item did Joyce buy for Nora in Galway?

3. Why had Joyce and Nora not yet married?

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

5. Where did Joyce go to further his studies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What health problems did Joyce have to manage during this time?

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

3. What happened to Nora, Lucia and Stanislaus after Joyce's death?

4. Where did Joyce move his family after Harriet Weaver sent some money?

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

6. From whom did Joyce need permission in order to leave France and which family was denied a visa to leave?

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

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

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

10. With whom did Joyce have an affair in 1918?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of James 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?

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