Books Quiz - Author - James Joyce (Questions)

James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882 to a downwardly-mobile middle class family. He was educated at the Jesuit Clongowes Wood College before he went to University College, Dublin. It was here that he began writing. In 1902 he went to Paris where he remained for a year, returning home only to see his dying mother. He left again soon after her death and spent the rest of his life abroad.

Joyce published Dubliners in 1914 and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man two years later. But his most famous works are Ulysses, published in 1922, and Finnegans Wake, completed in 1939, two years before his death.

Here's a chance for book lovers to test their knowledge of the life and works of James Joyce. Did he marry a barnacle, a limpet, a whelk or a winkle? Find out in this quiz!

1. Joyce's initials were J A A. What was his third Christian name?
[ ] Alan
[ ] Albert
[ ] Aloysius
[ ] Alvin
2. Whom did Joyce marry in 1931?
[ ] Nora Barnacle
[ ] Nora Limpet
[ ] Nora Whelk
[ ] Nora Winkle
3. What was the title of the collection of Joyce's short stories published in 1914?
[ ] Dubliners
[ ] Londoners
[ ] New Yorkers
[ ] Parisiennes
4. Complete the title of Joyce's 1916 semi-autobiographical novel - A portrait of the Artist...?
[ ] As a Young Dog
[ ] As a Young Man
[ ] As a Young Poet
[ ] As a Young Writer
5. In which city was Joyce born in 1882?
[ ] Cork
[ ] Dublin
[ ] Galway
[ ] Limerick
6. From 1888 until 1892 Joyce attended Clongowes Wood College, a boarding school in which Irish county?
[ ] Carlow
[ ] Clare
[ ] Kerry
[ ] Kildare
7. What was the title of Joyce's final novel, published in 1939?
[ ] Brogans Wake
[ ] Finnegans Wake
[ ] Hogans Wake
[ ] Logans Wake
8. What is the title of Joyce's 1918 play?
[ ] The Examiners
[ ] The Exhibitionists
[ ] The Exiles
[ ] The Extortionists
9. Which of these is a character created by Joyce?
[ ] Molly Bloom
[ ] Molly Flower
[ ] Molly Rose
[ ] Molly Snowdrop
10. In 1941 Joyce underwent an operation on a perforated ulcer in which Swiss city?
[ ] Bern
[ ] Geneva
[ ] Lausanne
[ ] Zurich

 

Books Quiz - Author - James Joyce (Answers)
1. Joyce's initials were J A A. What was his third Christian name?
[ ] Alan
[ ] Albert
[x] Aloysius
[ ] Alvin
His full name was James Augustine Aloysius Joyce
2. Whom did Joyce marry in 1931?
[x] Nora Barnacle
[ ] Nora Limpet
[ ] Nora Whelk
[ ] Nora Winkle
On hearing of Nora's surname, Joyce's father said: 'She'll stick with him'
3. What was the title of the collection of Joyce's short stories published in 1914?
[x] Dubliners
[ ] Londoners
[ ] New Yorkers
[ ] Parisiennes
Dubliners contains fifteen short stories which describe Irish middle class life in the early 20th Century, at the height of Irish nationalism
4. Complete the title of Joyce's 1916 semi-autobiographical novel - A portrait of the Artist...?
[ ] As a Young Dog
[x] As a Young Man
[ ] As a Young Poet
[ ] As a Young Writer
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog was written by Dylan Thomas
5. In which city was Joyce born in 1882?
[ ] Cork
[x] Dublin
[ ] Galway
[ ] Limerick
Joyce was born at number 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin
6. From 1888 until 1892 Joyce attended Clongowes Wood College, a boarding school in which Irish county?
[ ] Carlow
[ ] Clare
[ ] Kerry
[x] Kildare
The school has educated other writers apart from Joyce including Pat Reid MBE, Maurice Healy and Aidan Higgins
7. What was the title of Joyce's final novel, published in 1939?
[ ] Brogans Wake
[x] Finnegans Wake
[ ] Hogans Wake
[ ] Logans Wake
This one was hard work; it took him 17 years to write it
8. What is the title of Joyce's 1918 play?
[ ] The Examiners
[ ] The Exhibitionists
[x] The Exiles
[ ] The Extortionists
The Exiles is based on The Dead, the final short story in Joyce's Dubliners
9. Which of these is a character created by Joyce?
[x] Molly Bloom
[ ] Molly Flower
[ ] Molly Rose
[ ] Molly Snowdrop
She's loosely based on the ancient Greek heroine Penelope
10. In 1941 Joyce underwent an operation on a perforated ulcer in which Swiss city?
[ ] Bern
[ ] Geneva
[ ] Lausanne
[x] Zurich
He underwent surgery on the 11th of January but relapsed the next day and fell into a coma. He died on the 13th of January and is buried in the Fluntern Cemetery near Zurich Zoo