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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who haunts the house on jolly corner?
(a) Spencer Brydon's love for Miss Staverton.
(b) Spencer Brydon's former self.
(c) Spencer Brydon's father.
(d) The man Spencer Brydon could have been.

2. How does James characterize the neighborhood where the telegraph office is located?
(a) Bustling.
(b) Lower-class.
(c) Dingy.
(d) Upscale.

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

4. What disappointing news does the main character find out about Captain Everard?
(a) He has many mistresses.
(b) He is heavily in debt.
(c) He is generally regarded as a scoundrel.
(d) He is dying of tuberculosis.

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

6. 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.

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

8. What has Dencombe just received as 'The Middle Years' opens?
(a) A letter from his wife.
(b) A check.
(c) His most recent book.
(d) Notice of a friend's death.

9. 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.

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

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

12. What does art thrive on, according to 'Art of Fiction'?
(a) Vision.
(b) Real conflicts.
(c) Discussion.
(d) Mysticism.

13. Where does Spencer Brydon return to at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?
(a) Venice.
(b) New York.
(c) London.
(d) Paris.

14. 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 mirror for the reader.
(c) A short story could be like a force of nature.
(d) A short story could be like a picture.

15. What is John Marcher there to see?
(a) Wild animals.
(b) Society women.
(c) His lover.
(d) Antiques and artistic treasures.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dencombe realize as he dies?

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

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

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

5. Where is the telegraph office located in ''In the Cage'?

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