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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the main character do to help Lady Bradeen?
(a) Saves her money.
(b) Warns her about her husband's visit.
(c) Protects her reputation.
(d) Corrects an error in her telegram.

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

4. Why does James say John Marcher lives like this?
(a) To remedy his guilt about inheriting his father's money.
(b) To avoid others detecting his secret.
(c) To give himself time to make his secret less destructive in his life.
(d) To search for the most suitable partner.

5. How does the main character find out that Lady Bradeen's husband has discovered the affair with Captain Everard?
(a) By chance.
(b) By talking with another telegraph operator.
(c) By talking with Mrs. Jordan.
(d) By talking with Captain Everard.

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

7. Who is May Bartram?
(a) A tourist.
(b) A student studying in the museum John Marcher was touring.
(c) A guest in the country house John Marcher is touring.
(d) A teacher in the school John Marcher visited.

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

9. What does Dencombe feel about his future?
(a) He is depressed about his narrowing prospects.
(b) He is apprehensive about his savings holding out.
(c) He looks forward to critical appreciation for the book he is working on now.
(d) He expects to begin over again.

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

11. What does May Bartram tell John Marcher about his secret?
(a) He had misinterpreted all the important signs.
(b) She had always known about his secret.
(c) Everyone knew his secret.
(d) The event he waited for has already happened.

12. What does Dencombe realize as he dies?
(a) People only get one chance.
(b) Books only live forever if they have readers.
(c) Writers are already dead.
(d) People die and get reborn all the time.

13. What happens to Dencombe before he can tell Dr. Hugh that he is a writer?
(a) Dr. Hugh tells him about the Countess and Miss Vernham.
(b) He dies.
(c) Dr. Hugh is called away.
(d) He faints.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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