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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who is Miss Vernham?
(a) The Countess' paid companion.
(b) The Countess' niece.
(c) Dr. Hugh's assistant.
(d) Dr. Hugh's lover.

3. How does James characterize Spencer Brydon's lifestyle all these years?
(a) Shabby.
(b) Penurious.
(c) Niggardly.
(d) Comfortable.

4. Why does John Marcher think he was invited along?
(a) He was so polite.
(b) He looked so pitiable.
(c) He would talk to the old ladies.
(d) He got lost in the crowd.

5. What does James say a damsel in a small village can write about, if she is someone on whom nothing is lost?
(a) Faraway lands.
(b) Evil.
(c) Married life.
(d) Military life.

6. What do Dencombe and Dr. Hugh assume about each other before they have met?
(a) They are writers.
(b) They are avid readers.
(c) They are book reviewers.
(d) They are both invalids.

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

8. Why does Lady Bradeen stop using the main character's telegraph office?
(a) She suspects the main character of having a crush on Captain Everard.
(b) She moves away.
(c) She understands that the main character is watching her.
(d) She is sure the main character has stolen from her.

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

10. What does the main character think Captain Everard thinks about her?
(a) He loves her but does not want to show it.
(b) He is grateful to her for her help, but cannot acknowledge it.
(c) He wants to help her, but cannot break convention to do so.
(d) He resents her intrusion into his affair, but can't acknowledge the affair.

11. In what month is 'The Middle Years' set?
(a) June.
(b) April.
(c) September.
(d) January.

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

13. How much time passes between May Bartram moving to London and her falling ill?
(a) Six months.
(b) Many years.
(c) A year.
(d) A few years.

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

15. What is Captain Everard's relationship with Lady Bradeen?
(a) Friend.
(b) Brother.
(c) Lover.
(d) Cousin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Dencombe feel this way?

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

3. With whom does the main character become infatuated?

4. How does Spencer Brydon encounter the city he moves to at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?

5. How does the telegraph operator help Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?

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