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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Mr. Wraxall travel on his last trip?

2. Where does Mr. Garrett meet Mary Simpson?

3. Whose scrapbook does the caretaker, in "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook," show the Englishman?

4. What does Parkins find at the job site, in "Oh Whistle, and I'll come to You, My Lad"?

5. What letters are carved into school master Sampson's coin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Parkins, in "Oh Whistle, and I'll come to You, My Lad."

2. What do the two men discuss, at the start of "A School Story "?

3. Whom does Mr. Garrett meet at the lodging house that helps him solve the mystery of the Tractate Middoth? How does this person help?

4. What does Mr. Anderson notice about the Number 13 while he is in town? What is the reason for this occurrence?

5. Why does Parkins get rid of the metal object he finds, in "Oh Whistle, and I'll come to You, My Lad"? How does he get rid of it?

6. Why is Mr. Anderson in Jutland Viborg, in "Number 13"?

7. What does Mr. Wraxall learn about Count Magnus?

8. What happens to Mr. Wraxall after he views Count Magnus's tomb?

9. What the city of Chorazin, and how does Mr. Wraxall learn about it?

10. What happens when Mr. Somerton finds Abbot Thomas' treasure? How does he fix what happens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does James use the theme of greed in his stories? Choose one story that uses the theme of greed and explain whether James uses the story to teach a lesson. What is that lesson and how does James present it to the reader?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the plot and subplot, in "An Episode of Cathedral History." Be sure to provide the definitions for both terms in your answer. How does James effectively keep the reader engaged without confusing them?

Essay Topic 3

How does James use point of view to engage the reader and enhance the plot? Choose one story and determine whose point of view the story is being told from. How does this effect the reader's engagement with the characters and plot?

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