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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. What are the Englishman's friends not interested in studying in "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook"?

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

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

4. Who tells Parkins he saw someone in his hotel window?

5. What did Mary Simpson's uncle used to wear?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Mrs. Anstruther and Frank see in the rose garden that scares them?

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 is Abbot Thomas's treasure? Where is it located?

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

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

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

7. How does Dennistoun come across Canon Alberic's Scrapbook?

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

9. What does Dennistoun learn about the house in the painting, in "The Mezzotint"?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does description play a role in an author's work? How does the author use description to draw the reader into the story? What are some examples where the description does not work?

Essay Topic 3

How does James address the theme of revenge in his book? Choose two examples and explain how these examples contribute to the theme of revenge.

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