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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What quality does a premise have to have in order to be suitable for a novel, in James' opinion?
(a) It has to redefine the forms of all novels that came before it.
(b) It has to make new insights into the nature of human consciousness.
(c) It has to prove a moral or teach a lesson.
(d) It has to be rich with possibilities.
2. How long ago did May Bartram and John Marcher meet?
(a) 7 or 10 years.
(b) A month.
(c) 1 year.
(d) 4 years.
3. What is Dr. Hugh's reaction to Dencombe's book?
(a) He praises it lavishly.
(b) He is unrestrainedly critical.
(c) He is enthusiastic by reserved.
(d) He is profoundly personally moved.
4. How does James describe Miss Vernham?
(a) Mousy and young.
(b) Middle-aged and energetic.
(c) Alert and educated.
(d) Shabby but intimidating.
5. Who relies on the main character for support?
(a) Her father.
(b) Her fiancee.
(c) Her sister.
(d) Her mother.
6. How does James characterize the main character's fiancee?
(a) Diligent and devoted.
(b) Dashing but daft.
(c) Devious and disrespectable.
(d) Decent but dull.
7. Why do the editors say James' essays on criticism are inconsistent?
(a) James' work made great developmental strides over his career.
(b) James himself changed his mind frequently.
(c) They were written over the course of many years.
(d) James' writing was inconsistent.
8. How does James describe May Bartram's physical appearance?
(a) He says that she is plain.
(b) He says that she is pretty.
(c) He says that she looks frightful.
(d) He says that she is homely.
9. Why does John Marcher think he was invited along?
(a) He was so polite.
(b) He would talk to the old ladies.
(c) He got lost in the crowd.
(d) He looked so pitiable.
10. How does James characterize John Marcher's social life?
(a) He accepts invitations from time to time.
(b) He is always socializing.
(c) He travels as much as possible.
(d) He hardly ever goes out.
11. What was the content of the thing John Marcher told May Bartram?
(a) His bankruptcy.
(b) His homosexuality.
(c) His faith that something tremendous was going to happen to him.
(d) His love for her.
12. 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.
13. Where does Dencombe feel he is in his life?
(a) Still developing toward his peak.
(b) Beyond the middle point.
(c) In the beginning.
(d) At the end.
14. How does the telegraph operator help Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?
(a) She poses as Captain Everard's lover for the sake of Lady Bradeen's husband.
(b) She hides their correspondence from investigators.
(c) She prevents Lady Bradeen's husband from finding out.
(d) She contains the fallout of their affair.
15. What has Dencombe just received as 'The Middle Years' opens?
(a) A letter from his wife.
(b) His most recent book.
(c) A check.
(d) Notice of a friend's death.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Dr. Hugh bring to Dencombe after Dencombe's collapse?
2. How does James characterize Spencer Brydon's lifestyle all these years?
3. Where does Spencer Brydon return to at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?
4. Who is Miss Vernham?
5. In what month is 'The Middle Years' set?
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