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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Dencombe find when he reads his new book?
(a) He is impressed.
(b) He is confused.
(c) He cannot pay attention to it.
(d) He despairs.

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

3. For how long has Spencer Brydon been living in Europe at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?
(a) 1 year.
(b) 33 years.
(c) 18 years.
(d) 12 years.

4. What was terrible about the event John Marcher waited for?
(a) It consisted of nothing happening to 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 had already happened, and it had already prevented great wealth for him.

5. Where does John Marcher work?
(a) In a newspaper office.
(b) In a publishing house.
(c) In a government office.
(d) He is an artist.

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

7. How does James characterize John Marcher's social life?
(a) He accepts invitations from time to time.
(b) He hardly ever goes out.
(c) He travels as much as possible.
(d) He is always socializing.

8. What is clear to the reader and to Captain Everard, but not to the main character?
(a) Captain Everard is getting bored with Lady Bradeen.
(b) Lady Bradeen's husband is finding out about his wife's affair.
(c) Captain Everard does not return her affection.
(d) Captain Everard is fascinated with the main character.

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

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

11. Where does May Bartram think she has met John Marcher before?
(a) In London.
(b) In Rome.
(c) In Paris.
(d) In Italy.

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

13. What does Dencombe say about his best books?
(a) They were his first.
(b) He will never write them.
(c) They are his last two books.
(d) They have not been written yet.

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

15. What warning does Miss Vernham give Dencombe?
(a) To tend to his health not his writing.
(b) To leave Dr. Hugh alone.
(c) To pay more attention to the Countess.
(d) To take care of his own health.

Short Answer Questions

1. What distracts Dencombe from his meditation on his own future?

2. What did the old superstition say about fiction?

3. How does James characterize the lifestyle John Marcher leads?

4. What did people think fiction should do, according to Henry James?

5. In what month is 'The Beast in the Jungle' set?

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