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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 did not expect this money to come to him.
(d) He has published so many novels, he has gone through this before.

3. Why does the main character refuse the fiancee's offer?
(a) She likes being close to the upper class.
(b) He cannot support her mother as well as her.
(c) It would not be respectable to move to his neighborhood.
(d) She is anxious to leave her job.

4. How does James characterize the main character's fiancee?
(a) Devious and disrespectable.
(b) Dashing but daft.
(c) Diligent and devoted.
(d) Decent but dull.

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

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

7. Where does the main character stroll past on her way home?
(a) Captain Everard's apartment.
(b) Lady Braden's home.
(c) Mrs. Jordan's house.
(d) Mr. Mudge's flat.

8. How does James characterize Spencer Brydon's alter ego?
(a) Deformed.
(b) Black.
(c) Devious.
(d) Sickly.

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

10. What quality does a premise have to have in order to be suitable for a novel, in James' opinion?
(a) It has to make new insights into the nature of human consciousness.
(b) It has to be rich with possibilities.
(c) It has to redefine the forms of all novels that came before it.
(d) It has to prove a moral or teach a lesson.

11. What is Miss Staverton's relationship with Spencer Brydon?
(a) Old friends.
(b) Old lovers.
(c) Cousins.
(d) Sister-brother.

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

13. What inducement does the fiancee offer the main character?
(a) Savings on rent.
(b) A more luxurious lifestyle.
(c) Undying affection.
(d) Help with her housework.

14. To whom is the Munich engaged?
(a) Mr. Mudge.
(b) Captain Everard.
(c) Mr. Bradeen.
(d) A school teacher.

15. What does Dencombe find when he reads his new book?
(a) He despairs.
(b) He is confused.
(c) He is impressed.
(d) He cannot pay attention to it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dencombe feel about his writing career?

2. What is Dr. Hugh's reaction to Dencombe's book?

3. What is the young man, whom Dencombe sees approaching, doing?

4. What disappointing news does the main character find out about Captain Everard?

5. What does May Bartram buy in London?

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