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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose house is on Jolly Corner?
(a) Spencer Brydon's business partner's.
(b) Spencer Brydon's family's house.
(c) Miss Staverton's lover's.
(d) Miss Staverton's family's house.

2. What had John Marcher told May Bartram when they met earlier?
(a) His crumbling financial situation.
(b) A great secret.
(c) His professional ambitions.
(d) He declared his love to her.

3. What warning does Miss Vernham give Dencombe?
(a) To pay more attention to the Countess.
(b) To leave Dr. Hugh alone.
(c) To take care of his own health.
(d) To tend to his health not his writing.

4. Where does Spencer Brydon return to at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?
(a) Paris.
(b) London.
(c) Venice.
(d) New York.

5. What is Dencombe's reaction to the package he has just received?
(a) He is thrilled.
(b) He is grateful.
(c) He is bored.
(d) He is furious.

6. How does James describe May Bartram's physical appearance?
(a) He says that she is plain.
(b) He says that she is pretty.
(c) He says that she looks frightful.
(d) He says that she is homely.

7. What does James say fiction must be, above all?
(a) True.
(b) Moral.
(c) Accurate.
(d) Sincere.

8. Why does Dencombe feel this way?
(a) This is his first book.
(b) His previous books were not well received, and he does not expect this one to be either.
(c) He has published so many novels, he has gone through this before.
(d) He did not expect this money to come to him.

9. What does James say a damsel in a small village can write about, if she is someone on whom nothing is lost?
(a) Faraway lands.
(b) Evil.
(c) Military life.
(d) Married life.

10. What does James say is more important than genius?
(a) Talent.
(b) Imagination.
(c) Morality.
(d) Character.

11. Who relies on the main character for support?
(a) Her mother.
(b) Her father.
(c) Her sister.
(d) Her fiancee.

12. How does James characterize Spencer Brydon's lifestyle all these years?
(a) Comfortable.
(b) Shabby.
(c) Penurious.
(d) Niggardly.

13. Who is the main character?
(a) A clerk.
(b) A Countess.
(c) A factory girl.
(d) A telegraph operator.

14. Why do the editors say James' essays on criticism are inconsistent?
(a) James himself changed his mind frequently.
(b) James' writing was inconsistent.
(c) They were written over the course of many years.
(d) James' work made great developmental strides over his career.

15. What does Dencombe feel about his writing career?
(a) He still had good ideas he is anxious to explore.
(b) He does not have any good ideas left.
(c) His best work is still to come.
(d) He has peaked.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the main character stroll past on her way home?

2. What dose Miss Staverton say Spencer Brydon would have done if he had returned years earlier?

3. What assurance does Dr. Hugh give Dencombe?

4. Who haunts the house on jolly corner?

5. Where does Dencombe feel he is in his life?

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