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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. What did Joyce forbid Nora to wear on the trip in #68?

2. How many children did Joyce's parents have?

3. What was the name of the newspaper Joyce wanted to start?

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

5. Why did Joyce's newspaper never take off?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where was Lucia to be moved for the duration of the war?

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

3. When did Joyce die and where was he buried?

4. How long had the Joyces been in Trieste in 1915 and what was Joyce's life like at this point?

5. How was ULYSSES received in the 1922-1923 time period?

6. What was Joyce's demeanor upon his move to Paris and what help did he continue to receive from friends?

7. Who agrees to publish Joyce's EXILES and ULYSSES in spite of mediocre reviews by Joyce's fellow writers?

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

9. What health problem did Joyce suffer and when did he return to Paris?

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

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

Explain the significance of the book's title. Why does the author call it simply JAMES JOYCE? What was he trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting and time period for Joyce's childhood What was Ireland like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Joyce, his family and friends?

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