Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Nothing in Ulysses is truly random. Beneath the surface realism of the novel, its apparently artless transcription of life's flow, lurks a complicated plan. Friends who were in on the secret of Ulysses urged Joyce to share it, to make things easier for his readers. He resisted at first but later relented, and so the world learned that Ulysses was, among many other things, a modern retelling of Homer's Odyssey. T.S. Eliot, who recognized the novel's underpinnings, wrote that Joyce's use of classical myth as a method of ordering modern experience had "the importance of a scientific discovery."

1. James Joyce's complicated plan is
A. a retelling of Homer's Odydssey.
B. artless transcription.
C. surface realism.
D. modern experience.
2. Transcription means
A. writing.
B. recording.
C. copied in writing from a non-written medium.
D. crossed over.
3. Classical in this context means
A. musically serious.
B. conservative.
C. of first importance.
D. relating to ancient Greece or Rome.
4. Who wanted to make Ulysses easier for readers?
A. friends.
B. T. S. Eliot.
C. science.
D. Joyce himself.

The information comes from an article by Paul Gray at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-C..........3-D..........4-A
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