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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Teaching Unit
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- Of all the places Stephen lives in this story, where do you think he is the happiest? Why?
- Why do Dante and Mr. Casey fight at Christmas dinner? How does Stephen feel about Dante?
- What advice does Mr. Dedalus give his son before sending him to boarding school? How well does Stephen follow his father’s instructions?
- Write three character descriptions of Stephen: one when he is at Clongowes, one when he travels to Cork with his father, and one when he is a University student. Be sure to include the characteristics of an artist that are present in his character at all three stages in his life.
- Define “stream of consciousness” as it applies to literature. In what ways do you think it enhances or detracts from the reader’s understanding of Stephen’s development in this novel?
- Explain the signifi cance of the following symbols in the story: bridges, red and green, water, skull, kiss, birds. Be sure to describe the incidents from the story where the symbols occur.
- How do the priests in the story help shape Stephen’s negative attitude toward the church? In what ways do priests fail to live up to the standards they set for their students?
- Who is Mercedes? In what way is Stephen’s relationship with Mercedes similar to his relationship to Emma and the prostitutes?
- Why does Stephen squander the money he wins from writing an essay?
- What are the three reasons Father Arnall is having a retreat? List the four topics he plans to discuss. Which topic does he spend the least amount of time on? Why?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.