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by James Joyce

Dubliners: Symbols Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Dubliners? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Which kind of weather in Dubliners symbolizes disillusionment, paralysis, and the difficulty of escape?

Q. How is Mr Kernan's hat symbolic?

It's made of silk, which is very expensive, just like his tastes.
At first it's lost, but then it's found, just like his soul.
At first it's dirty, but then it's clean, like his behavior.
It's not symbolic: sometimes a hat is just a hat.
Q. What does music symbolize in "The Dead"?

Total exhaustion
Q. When Maria sings "I dreamt I dwelt," it could symbolize…

How much better the past is than the present
How impossible it would be to achieve her dreams
The marble halls where she wants to live
Q. The girl that Corley meets wears clothing that symbolizes…

Her socio-economic class and her character
Her desire to escape from Dublin
Her failure to match
Her happiness and excitement about the date