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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 does Abbot Thomas's treasure consist of?

2. What happens when Mr. Garrett goes to look for the Tractate Middoth a second time?

3. What happens when John Eldred locates the will?

4. What mysterious being does Mr. Williams see in the painting?

5. What is Mr. Somerton's job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator learn about the wood carvings, at the end of "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral"?

2. What painting does Mr. Williams think Dennistoun would like, in "The Mezzotint"? What does Dennistoun think of the painting?

3. Describe the caretaker of S. Bertrand Church.

4. What happens when Mr. Garrett goes to look for the Tractate Middoth a second time?

5. How does Mr. Anderson's room change, in "Number 13"?

6. Why does Mr. Lake go to the cathedral, and who does he stay with in "An Episode of Cathedral History"? Why is this person important to the tale?

7. What does Mr. Thomson find in the strange room, in the story "Rats"?

8. What inheritance does Mr. Humphreys receive from his uncle?

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

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

Essay 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

What is the significance of the solitary traveler in James' books? Use two stories that use this character and how it relates to the plot.

Essay Topic 3

What is the relationship between Count Magnus and Mr. Wraxall? What purpose does this relationship serve in the story "Count Magnus." Why does James utilize this chemistry between characters?

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