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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Spencer Brydon do with the second house he acquires?
(a) Moves into it.
(b) Installs his mistress in it.
(c) Installs his friends in it.
(d) Renovates it to rent it.

3. 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.

4. With whom does the main character become infatuated?
(a) Captain Everard.
(b) Mrs. Jordan.
(c) Lady Bradeen.
(d) Mr. Mudge.

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

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

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

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

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

10. What assurance does Dr. Hugh give Dencombe?
(a) He will be immortalized in his books.
(b) He will live a long time.
(c) He will write another six books.
(d) He will live forever.

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

12. In what month is 'The Beast in the Jungle' set?
(a) October.
(b) May.
(c) July.
(d) January.

13. What was terrible about the event John Marcher waited for?
(a) It would have broken him if it had happened.
(b) It had already happened, and it had already prevented great wealth for him.
(c) It consisted of nothing happening to him.
(d) It would have consisted of a great love if it had happened.

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does James say is more important than genius?

2. How does James characterize John Marcher's social life?

3. For how long has Spencer Brydon been living in Europe at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?

4. What does John Marcher realize about the event he was waiting for?

5. Where does John Marcher work?

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