50 pages 1 hour read

James Joyce


Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1914

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

Reading Check

1. What is the name of the narrator’s street?

2. What is the narrator’s aunt’s primary concern about the boy attending the bazaar?

3. How does the narrator describe the changing expression of his teacher’s face?

4. Why does the narrator wait for his uncle on the day of the bazaar?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Who is Mangan’s sister? How does the narrator feel about her presence in his life?

2. Describe the narrator’s emotional experience in the back drawing room. What is the setting of his experience? What words does he say?

3. Summarize the first conversation that the narrator has with Mangan’s sister. What does he promise her?

4. Describe the narrator’s experience at the bazaar. What does he witness? What does he decide to buy?

Paired Resource

The Arab's Farewell to His Steed

  • This is the full text of Caroline Norton’s poem from the 19th century that the narrator’s uncle recites to him as the narrator is ready to depart for the bazaar.
  • This poem foreshadows the narrator’s disillusionment, connecting with the theme Innocence and Shame.