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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Joyce marry Nora?

2. Who was the owner of the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore?

3. What did Joyce once do at the end of a play to publicize a theater?

4. How many people showed up for the first reading of ULYSSES?

5. What was Joyce's favorite alcoholic beverage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From what you can glean from the author's descriptions, create a brief character study of Joyce's father. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? Was there ever any friction between him and Joyce? How did he reconcile with him? What emotional damage was done to the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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