Tipo di esercizi
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Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
James Joyce and Dubliners
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James Joyce: life
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Born in Dublin in 1882, James Joyce was the eldest surviving child of three children. He was educated at Jesuit schools and graduated in Modern Languages at University College, London. He was not interested in political and literary movements for the freeing of Ireland from British dominance, and thought of himself more as a European than as an artist. In contrast with his grandfather W.B. Yeats, he believed that the Irish people could only increase their awareness by seeing their life from a cosmopolitan viewpoint. After a trip to Rome, he went back to Dublin in 1903 when his mother became fatally ill. He had his first date with his future wife, the 20-year-old intellectual Nora Barnacle, on 16th June 1904.
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Dubliners: the theme of paralysis
Tick the words or phrases related to Dubliners' key idea.
A: Physical paralysis.
B: Moral paralysis.
C: Possible escape.
D: Lack of courage.
E: Strong characters.
F: Moments of revelation.
G: Happy ending.
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James Joyce: life and works
Put the following information related to Joyce's life and works in the correct order: write numbers from 1 to 5.

________ He moved to Zurich with his family and could continue writing only thanks to anonymous donations.
________ His works first caught the attention of Ezra Pound.
________ He moved to Paris, where Ulysses and Finnegans Wake were published, and his daughter's mental illness worsened.
________ He returned to Zurich with Nora and his son Giorgio.
________ He settled in Trieste with Nora, began teaching English and had two children.
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James Joyce: works
Match Joyce's works with their correct description.

1. A naturalistic drama: ________
2. A collection of short stories completed in 1905: ________
3. A critically acclaimed novel, which follows the lives of three ordinary characters on a single day: ________
4. A collection of 36 short poems: ________
5. A novel full of puns and new words: ________
6. A semi-autobiographical novel: ________
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James Joyce: Dublin and the Church
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1. Joyce went into voluntary exile at ________.
2. ________ of his works are set in Ireland and mostly in Dublin.
3. He wanted to give a realistic portrait of ordinary people living ________ lives.
4. ________ allowed him to represent man's mental, emotional and biological reality.
5. Even though he was ________ by the Jesuits, he challenged Catholicism.
6. His ________ revolt against the Church was that of the artist-heretic against official doctrine.
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James Joyce: style
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Joyce's style
A: was influenced by the French Symbolists.
B: challenged T.S. Eliot's belief in the impersonality of the artist.
C: developed from disciplined prose to interior monologue with two levels of narration up to an extreme interior monologue.
D: derived from the author's task to render life objectively.
E: made use of different points of view and narrative techniques.
F: established clear links between words thanks to clear punctuation and grammatical connections.
G: was modelled on the conventions of Victorian prose.
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James Joyce: key idea
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Joyce's themes gradually become less relevant than the narrative itself.
B: The facts narrated are all explored from the writer's viewpoint.
C: Dubliners and Ulysses feature many geographical and sociological details, but they transcend photographic realism.
D: Joyce collects and analyses the impressions caused by an outer event in the inner world of the character.
E: His novels never open in medias res.
F: The portrait of the character is based on description.
G: Time is perceived as subjective.
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Dubliners: structure, setting and characters
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Dubliners consists of 15 short stories based on ________ leading to a moral or spiritual revelation.
2. Joyce's intention was to write the ________ history of his country under four aspects: childhood, adolescence, maturity and public life.
3. He presented Dublin as a cruel place where ________ showed compassion for others.
4. In Joyce's view, Dubliners were oppressed by religious, political, cultural and economic forces from which they were incapable of escaping because of their ________ weakness.
5. The collection ends with Joyce's first masterpiece, ________, which summarises themes and motifs of the other stories, and works as an epilogue.
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Dubliners: realism, symbolism and epiphany
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The stories are full of ________ details, which can be very unpleasant and depressing.
2. Realism is mixed with symbolism, because details often have a deeper ________.
3. Joyce paid very close attention to the ________ of objects, which can assume a symbolic meaning.
4. The 'harmonium' in Eveline underlines the general '________' of the main character's family.
5. In The Sisters________ symbolism is employed.
6. ________ symbolism suggests the pervading atmosphere of despair and paralysis.
7. Joyce used a particular technique called 'epiphany' consisting in the ________ spiritual manifestation caused by a trivial gesture or situation, which reveals the character's inner truths.
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Dubliners: style
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Dubliners is characterised by the interior monologue and the use of chiasmus.
B: The first short stories make up the childhood section.
C: In the first stories Joyce employs a third-person narrator.
D: The narrator of the first stories remains nameless and not identified.
E: The narrator of the last stories never shares a particular character's perspective.
F: The narrator usually disappears in the interior monologue, which is in the form of free direct speech.
G: The language is complex, subjective and intimate.
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