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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Dencombe expect when he opens the package he has received?
(a) To be proud of his book.
(b) To find that the check was for less than he expected.
(c) To see the flaws in his book.
(d) To get a dire diagnosis for his health.

2. What dose Miss Staverton say Spencer Brydon would have done if he had returned years earlier?
(a) Married her.
(b) Been miserable.
(c) Made millions of dollars.
(d) Worked himself to death.

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

4. What does the main character's fiancee encourage her to do?
(a) Abandon her alcoholic mother.
(b) Give up her job and move to his apartment.
(c) Move in with him before they are married.
(d) Move to the Chalk Farms neighborhood.

5. How old is Spencer Brydon?
(a) 67 years old.
(b) 46 years old.
(c) 56 years old.
(d) 71 years old.

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

7. What distracts Dencombe from his meditation on his own future?
(a) He watches the birds in the trees.
(b) He watches people milling about on the lawn below him.
(c) Three people walking up the path.
(d) He picks up his book.

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

9. How do the editors characterize James' view on short stories?
(a) A short story could be like a mirror for the reader.
(b) A short story could be a roadmap for the future of society.
(c) A short story could be like a picture.
(d) A short story could be like a force of nature.

10. What allows May Bartram to buy this?
(a) Profits from her novel.
(b) A gift from her fiancée.
(c) An inheritance.
(d) Her personal fortune.

11. How does James characterize the lifestyle John Marcher leads?
(a) Philanthropic.
(b) Active.
(c) Quiet.
(d) Social.

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

13. How does James describe the Countess?
(a) Mousy and retiring.
(b) Stout and middle-aged.
(c) Fragile and unhealthy-looking.
(d) Fit and energetic.

14. How does James characterize the relationship between May Bartram and John Marcher?
(a) May is obviously in love with John.
(b) John is obviously in love with May.
(c) May relies on John but does not love him.
(d) John finds May interesting but pedestrian.

15. Whose life does John Marcher think his life should have resembled?
(a) May Bartram's.
(b) Everyone else's.
(c) His father's.
(d) His brother's.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Spencer Brydon do with the second house he acquires?

2. What does Dencombe find when he reads his new book?

3. What does the main character think Captain Everard thinks about her?

4. With whom does the main character become infatuated?

5. Why does James say John Marcher lives like this?

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