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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 are the two men sitting and chatting in "A School Story"?

2. What does Mr. Anderson realize is missing from his room after a day of work?

3. In "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook," what king's photo is in the scrapbook?

4. In what town does Parkins work?

5. Where do Mr. and Mrs. Anstruther live, in "The Rose Garden"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Collins try to warn Mrs. Anstruther not to plant her rose garden in the chosen location?

2. Describe the documents Mr. Anderson finds at the end of "Number 13." Where does he find them? What do they reveal? What does he do with them?

3. What passage does Mr. Humphreys find that describes the maze?

4. Describe the hedge maze, in "Mr. Humphreys and his Inheritance."

5. Describe how the painting changes, in "The Mezzotint"?

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

7. What does Parkins think about the metal object he finds, in ""Oh Whistle, and I'll come to You, My Lad"? What does the object look like?

8. Who is Mr. Poschwitz, in the story "The Uncommon Prayer-Book"?

9. Who is John Haynes, in the story "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral"?

10. What happens to John Eldred, at the end of "The Tractate Middoth"? What happens to Mr. Garrett?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Define the term climax and decide where the point of climax is within a story of your choice. Explain how the event fits the definition of climax and site examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

What roles do villains play in James' stories. Choose two stories from James' collection and discuss how the villain interacts with the other characters. Is the villain always the ghost?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how superstition plays a role in the story "Number 13." Choose one other story and discuss how superstition plays a role in that story.

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