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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 preparatory school did Joyce and his younger brother attend?

2. Who was the favorite child in the Joyce family?

3. Which of the following was NOT true about Joyce as a child?

4. Where did Joyce go to college?

5. What did Joyce and Nora name their son?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of struggling with personal identity was an important one in this book. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embodied or experienced disappointment; then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

James Joyce was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Joyce's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

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