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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. Two men are looking for Jim in order to offer him a position to manage the island they are trying to establish. Where is the operation located?

2. When does the attack on Ali's compound - as plotted by Jim - begin?

3. When Jim finally comes into the room from the balcony, what does Jim ask Marlow for?

4. When the police finally catch up to the Patna's chief engineer, what is the chief engineer raving about?

5. How does Jim feel when he learns of the chance to relocate to the place that Stein and Marlow suggest?

Short Essay Questions

1. The attack on Sherif Ali's compound became one story in the many legends of Lord Jim. Describe how the legend would be told and what feats were credited to Jim.

2. After learning through Marlow of Brierly's offer to give Jim a "loan" if he flees from the inquiry, how does Jim react, and why?

3. In Chapter 20, Cornelius is characterized as a sniveling, spineless wretch. Why?

4. Even though Jim feels unworthy and thinks of himself as a coward, why is he superior to many other men?

5. Why do Brown and his men strand Cornelius after the attack on Dain Waris' camp?

6. Marlow receives two letters from the friend to whom he had recommended Jim. The second letter has a disconsolate feel. Why?

7. As Jim confesses to Marlow when he relates the story of the assassination attempt, why can Jim not imagine living anywhere but Patusan?

8. When Marlow and Stein meet, Marlow describes Jim to Stein. After hearing Marlow's account of Jim, how does Stein classify Jim and what question does Stein present to Marlow?

9. After attacking Sherif Ali's compound, the men only engage in hand-to-hand combat for five minutes. Why?

10. After it becomes clear to Jim that neither accounts nor money would result from his staying in Cornelius' house, why does Jim remain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how the relationship between Jim and Jewel changes as the story progresses. Be sure to include your assessment of the couple's relationship when the two first meet, when Jewel seeks reassurance from Marlow, when Jim "abandons" Jewel (and Jewel ends up at Stein's house with Tamb' Itam), and just before Jim is killed at the end of the story. What major theme in the novel is showcased through the development of their relationship? Explain and support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characteristics, roles, loyalties, and agendas of the following people in the story: Marlow, Jim, Cornelius, and Stein.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the course of the novel, Jim is involved with two quite different supporters. Compare and contrast the relationship Jim has with Marlow to the relationship Jim has with Dain Waris. Then, compare and contrast the two men. How do these two relationships influence not only Jim, but the events that take place in Patusan?

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