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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is clear to the reader and to Captain Everard, but not to the main character?
(a) Lady Bradeen's husband is finding out about his wife's affair.
(b) Captain Everard is getting bored with Lady Bradeen.
(c) Captain Everard does not return her affection.
(d) Captain Everard is fascinated with the main character.

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

4. James' critical language come from ___________.
(a) Dance.
(b) Painting.
(c) Literature.
(d) Music.

5. Where is the telegraph office located in ''In the Cage'?
(a) In the bank.
(b) In the post office.
(c) In Crocker's grocery.
(d) In the library.

6. In what month is 'The Middle Years' set?
(a) January.
(b) September.
(c) April.
(d) June.

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

8. Where does Dencombe feel he is in his life?
(a) In the beginning.
(b) At the end.
(c) Beyond the middle point.
(d) Still developing toward his peak.

9. What did people think fiction should do, according to Henry James?
(a) Restore the golden age.
(b) Raise powerful questions.
(c) Undermine the dominant paradigm.
(d) Educate or entertain.

10. With whom does the main character become infatuated?
(a) Captain Everard.
(b) Mr. Mudge.
(c) Lady Bradeen.
(d) Mrs. Jordan.

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

12. What was terrible about the event John Marcher waited for?
(a) It consisted of nothing happening to him.
(b) It would have broken him if it had happened.
(c) It would have consisted of a great love if it had happened.
(d) It had already happened, and it had already prevented great wealth for him.

13. How does the telegraph operator help Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?
(a) She contains the fallout of their affair.
(b) She prevents Lady Bradeen's husband from finding out.
(c) She hides their correspondence from investigators.
(d) She poses as Captain Everard's lover for the sake of Lady Bradeen's husband.

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

15. Where does John Marcher meet May Bartram?
(a) In London.
(b) In Paris.
(c) During a theatre performance.
(d) Touring a country house.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the editors characterize James' view on short stories?

2. What does May Bartram tell John Marcher about his secret?

3. What happens to Dencombe before he can tell Dr. Hugh that he is a writer?

4. Why does the main character refuse the fiancee's offer?

5. Where does May Bartram think she has met John Marcher before?

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