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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 had a falling out with his old friend and replaced him with ____________________.

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

3. Who was Joyce's father?

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

5. Joyce was assured that he had a job waiting for him in which Italian city?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who was the publisher who wanted to publish DUBLINERS and what change did he require that offended Joyce?

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

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

Discuss the cultural climate in Europe in the early 20th century and why Joyce's work did not always meet with approval? How did perception of his work change as the years passed? What was the reception of Joyce's work in America? Explain.

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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