Test your knowledge of ‘Dubliners’

With centenary celebrations under way for James Joyce’s seminal short story collection, see if you can match the 15 opening lines to their correct titles

John Shevlin, dressed as James Joyce at the launch of Dublin; One City, One Book in 2012 when Dubliners was the choice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Shevlin, dressed as James Joyce at the launch of Dublin; One City, One Book in 2012 when Dubliners was the choice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 01:00

“Eight years before he had seen his friend off at the North Wall and wished him godspeed.”

“North Richmond Street, being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers’ School set the boys free.”

“The grey warm evening of August had descended upon the city and a mild warm air, a memory of summer, circulated in the streets.”

“There was no hope for him this time: it was the third stroke.”

“The matron had given her leave to go out as soon as the women’s tea was over and Maria looked forward to her evening out.”

“Lily, the caretaker’s daughter, was literally run off her feet.”

“It was Joe Dillon who introduced the Wild West to us.”

“The bell rang furiously and, when Miss Parker went to the tube, a furious voice called out in a piercing North of Ireland accent: “Send Farrington here!”

“She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue.”

“Old Jack raked the cinders together with a piece of cardboard and spread them judiciously over the whitening dome of coals.”

“Two gentlemen who were in the lavatory at the time tried to lift him up: but he was quite helpless.”

“Mr Holohan, assistant secretary of the Eire Abu Society, had been walking up and down Dublin for nearly a month, with his hands and pockets full of dirty pieces of paper, arranging about the series of concerts.”

“Mrs Mooney was a butcher’s daughter.”

“The cars came scudding in towards Dublin, running evenly like pellets in the groove of the Naas Road.”

“Mr James Duffy lived in Chapelizod because he wished to live as far as possible from the city of which he was a citizen and because he found all the other suburbs of Dublin mean, modern and pretentious.”

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1. A Little Cloud

2. Araby

3. Two Gallants

4. The Sisters

5. Clay

6. The Dead

7. An Encounter

8. Counterparts

9. Eveline

10. Ivy Day in the Committee Room

11. Grace

12. A Mother

13. The Boarding House

14. After the Race

15. A Painful Case

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