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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. As the captain and the drunken man are fighting, what happens to the ship?

2. Before he even realizes what he's doing, what does Jim do as it begins to rain?

3. When Marlow thinks Jim is contemplating suicide while standing out on his balcony, what does Marlow think suicide would be for Jim?

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

5. After taking part in the revolutionary movement, with whom does Stein find refuge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during Marlow's final encounter with the nautical assessor during the first adjournment of the inquiry?

2. Describe the situation Jewel revealed to Marlow regarding her mother's actions on her deathbed.

3. Describe how Brown and his crew are able to escape from their Spanish captors.

4. What are the two options that Jim gives to Brown during their meeting?

5. When Cornelius sees Marlow shortly after Marlow's fight with Jewel, what does Cornelius ask Marlow to speak with Jim about?

6. Why is Jim dismayed by what he sees approaching the ship as the captain is trying to free the lifeboat and abandon the Patna?

7. Describe Cornelius and his character.

8. Why is Marlow initially angered by Jim's reactions during the official inquiry into the Patna incident?

9. How is Jim's situation in passing judgment on Brown's crew an ironic twist in the story?

10. Why is the letter from Jim's father significant in explaining why Jim feels he can never go home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book is entitled, "Lord Jim". Why does the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the events that unfold in the story, the inner struggles of the main character, and the regard - or lack thereof - of the people surrounding Jim?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In many ways, the novel is a series of contrasts designed to heighten the reader's awareness and draw the reader deeper into the story, and detail the intricacies of each of the story's characters. Identify at least three contrasts that are used in the novel. Describe these contrasts and determine how they impact the story's plot, as well as the reader's emotional involvement in the characters' lives. If these identified contrasts were not included in the story, what impact would their absence have on the story line, the characters' development, and the readers' involvement?

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