James Joyce Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Who did Joyce determine should write his biography?

2. What was Joyce's favorite alcoholic beverage?

3. Who became Joyce's unpaid secretary?

4. Who was the publisher who took on Ulysses in book form?

5. The Joyces seemed to always be looking for _________________ in their lives.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Joyce perceive Trieste upon his return in 1919?

2. What play did Joyce produce and what problem did he have with the lead actor?

3. What efforts did Joyce make during this period to get some of his work published?

4. Describe Joyce's interactions with his family in the 1929-1932 timeframe.

5. How were ULYSSES and EXILES received differently at this point in time?

6. What did Joyce have to do when a man in the U.S. pirated ULYSSES?

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

8. Which playwright refused to buy an advance copy of ULYSSES?

9. How did Joyce continue to use his family as inspiration for his work?

10. How was ULYSSES prepared for publication and who refused to read it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in Ireland in the early twentieth century. What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have? What did Nora and Joyce's mother have in common? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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