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Author - James Joyce
James Joyce in 1915 when he was 33 years old.

Author - James Joyce

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.
Which of these is a character created by Joyce?
Molly Bloom
Molly Flower
Molly Rose
Molly Snowdrop
She's loosely based on the ancient Greek heroine Penelope
2.
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
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog was written by Dylan Thomas
3.
In 1941 Joyce underwent an operation on a perforated ulcer in which Swiss city?
Bern
Geneva
Lausanne
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
4.
What was the title of the collection of Joyce's short stories published in 1914?
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
5.
Whom did Joyce marry in 1931?
Nora Barnacle
Nora Limpet
Nora Whelk
Nora Winkle
On hearing of Nora's surname, Joyce's father said: 'She'll stick with him'
6.
Joyce's initials were J A A. What was his third Christian name?
Alan
Albert
Aloysius
Alvin
His full name was James Augustine Aloysius Joyce
7.
In which city was Joyce born in 1882?
Cork
Dublin
Galway
Limerick
Joyce was born at number 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin
8.
From 1888 until 1892 Joyce attended Clongowes Wood College, a boarding school in which Irish county?
Carlow
Clare
Kerry
Kildare
The school has educated other writers apart from Joyce including Pat Reid MBE, Maurice Healy and Aidan Higgins
9.
What was the title of Joyce's final novel, published in 1939?
Brogans Wake
Finnegans Wake
Hogans Wake
Logans Wake
This one was hard work; it took him 17 years to write it
10.
What is the title of Joyce's 1918 play?
The Examiners
The Exhibitionists
The Exiles
The Extortionists
The Exiles is based on The Dead, the final short story in Joyce's Dubliners

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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