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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) His crumbling financial situation.
(b) His professional ambitions.
(c) A great secret.
(d) He declared his love to her.

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

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

4. What does John Marcher realize he should have done?
(a) Moved in with May Bartram.
(b) Fallen in love with May Bartram.
(c) Let May Bartram teach him about philanthropy.
(d) Taken May Bartram for a mistress.

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

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

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

8. What is the young man, whom Dencombe sees approaching, doing?
(a) Reading one of his books.
(b) Reading a letter.
(c) Discoursing to the young girl.
(d) Reading a critical review of his book.

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

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

11. What does the main character plan to do, when she is disappointed by Captain Everard?
(a) Offer to work for Lady Bradeen.
(b) Expose the affair to Lady Bradeen's husband.
(c) Marry Mr. Mudge.
(d) Break off with Mr. Mudge.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Lady Bradeen's husband after he discovers his wife's affair?

2. How does James characterize Spencer Brydon's lifestyle all these years?

3. Where does the main character stroll past on her way home?

4. What quality does a premise have to have in order to be suitable for a novel, in James' opinion?

5. Where does Spencer Brydon return to at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?

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