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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. In what city was Joyce born?

2. What was the name of the theater that Joyce established?

3. From what disease did Joyce's mother die?

4. Joyce is a name of ________________ origin.

5. Where did Joyce go to further his studies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was the nature of Joyce's work in the 1907-1909 period?

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

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

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

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

10. How did Joyce use family relationships in his work and why did Ellmann think Joyce did so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the impact that Joyce's childhood had on him as an adult. What did it mean to be the son of a poor man in late 19th century Ireland? With what stigmas did Joyce live for his entire life? How did Joyce use his childhood experiences to create his life's work?

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

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.

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