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

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

3. Who was Valery Larbaud?

4. What play did Joyce produce?

5. In what city did Joyce and Nora marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What surgeries did Joyce require in 1923?

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

3. What was the impetus that pushed Joyce to finally marry Nora?

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

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

6. Who agrees to publish Joyce's EXILES and ULYSSES in spite of mediocre reviews by Joyce's fellow writers?

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

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

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

10. How was ULYSSES received in the 1922-1923 time period?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of Joyce's family in his life. What did it mean for each of the main characters? How did the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical was this family comapred to most Irish families living during the early-20th century?

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