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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do the editors say James' essays on criticism are inconsistent?
(a) James himself changed his mind frequently.
(b) James' writing was inconsistent.
(c) James' work made great developmental strides over his career.
(d) They were written over the course of many years.

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

3. What does John Marcher realize about the event he was waiting for?
(a) He was mistaken about it from the start.
(b) He was not worthy of it.
(c) He had been looking in all the wrong places.
(d) It was never going to happen.

4. How does the main character find out that Lady Bradeen's husband has discovered the affair with Captain Everard?
(a) By talking with Captain Everard.
(b) By talking with another telegraph operator.
(c) By talking with Mrs. Jordan.
(d) By chance.

5. How does James characterize the main character's fiancee?
(a) Dashing but daft.
(b) Diligent and devoted.
(c) Devious and disrespectable.
(d) Decent but dull.

6. To whom is the Munich engaged?
(a) Mr. Bradeen.
(b) Mr. Mudge.
(c) A school teacher.
(d) Captain Everard.

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

8. What is Miss Staverton's relationship with Spencer Brydon?
(a) Cousins.
(b) Sister-brother.
(c) Old lovers.
(d) Old friends.

9. How does James characterize the lifestyle John Marcher leads?
(a) Philanthropic.
(b) Quiet.
(c) Active.
(d) Social.

10. Where does John Marcher meet May Bartram?
(a) During a theatre performance.
(b) Touring a country house.
(c) In London.
(d) In Paris.

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

12. What does Dr. Hugh bring to Dencombe after Dencombe's collapse?
(a) Jewelry from the Countess.
(b) A favorable review in a literary journal.
(c) Medication.
(d) A copy of his first book for Dencombe to sign.

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

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

15. Who is May Bartram?
(a) A tourist.
(b) A teacher in the school John Marcher visited.
(c) A guest in the country house John Marcher is touring.
(d) A student studying in the museum John Marcher was touring.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Dr. Hugh create a reason to meet Dencombe?

3. How does James describe the Countess?

4. What does the main character's fiancee encourage her to do?

5. What is John Marcher there to see?

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