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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long did stories need to be in James' time?
(a) Around 10,000 words.
(b) Around 7,000 words.
(c) Around 3,000 words.
(d) Around 5,000 words.

2. Where does May Bartram think she has met John Marcher before?
(a) In Italy.
(b) In Paris.
(c) In Rome.
(d) In London.

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

4. Who haunts the house on jolly corner?
(a) Spencer Brydon's former self.
(b) Spencer Brydon's father.
(c) The man Spencer Brydon could have been.
(d) Spencer Brydon's love for Miss Staverton.

5. How does James characterize John Marcher's social life?
(a) He accepts invitations from time to time.
(b) He is always socializing.
(c) He hardly ever goes out.
(d) He travels as much as possible.

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

7. How does James characterize Lady Bradeen?
(a) Mousy and fragile.
(b) Intimidating and smart.
(c) Savvy and manipulative.
(d) Elegant and beautiful.

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

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

10. What was terrible about the event John Marcher waited for?
(a) It had already happened, and it had already prevented great wealth for 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 consisted of nothing happening to him.

11. What was the content of the thing John Marcher told May Bartram?
(a) His faith that something tremendous was going to happen to him.
(b) His homosexuality.
(c) His love for her.
(d) His bankruptcy.

12. What does Dencombe say about his best books?
(a) They have not been written yet.
(b) They are his last two books.
(c) They were his first.
(d) He will never write them.

13. How does James characterize the main character's feelings for her fiancee?
(a) Indifferent.
(b) Chilly.
(c) Passionate.
(d) Lukewarm.

14. For how long has Spencer Brydon been living in Europe at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?
(a) 12 years.
(b) 1 year.
(c) 18 years.
(d) 33 years.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Spencer Brydon?

2. Whose life does John Marcher think his life should have resembled?

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

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

5. What is John Marcher there to see?

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