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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what location is 'The Middle Years' set?
(a) A private estate.
(b) A health resort.
(c) A luxury spa.
(d) A country house.

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

3. How does James describe May Bartram's physical appearance?
(a) He says that she is homely.
(b) He says that she is plain.
(c) He says that she is pretty.
(d) He says that she looks frightful.

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

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

6. Why does Dencombe feel this way?
(a) He did not expect this money to come to him.
(b) This is his first book.
(c) His previous books were not well received, and he does not expect this one to be either.
(d) He has published so many novels, he has gone through this before.

7. What is Dencombe's reaction to the package he has just received?
(a) He is thrilled.
(b) He is grateful.
(c) He is furious.
(d) He is bored.

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

9. What does Dencombe feel about his future?
(a) He looks forward to critical appreciation for the book he is working on now.
(b) He is depressed about his narrowing prospects.
(c) He is apprehensive about his savings holding out.
(d) He expects to begin over again.

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

11. How does James describe Miss Vernham?
(a) Mousy and young.
(b) Shabby but intimidating.
(c) Middle-aged and energetic.
(d) Alert and educated.

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

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

14. What does Dencombe feel about his writing career?
(a) He has peaked.
(b) He still had good ideas he is anxious to explore.
(c) His best work is still to come.
(d) He does not have any good ideas left.

15. Which was NOT one of Mr. Besant's general laws of fiction?
(a) The story should be psychologically true if not literally true.
(b) The author should write from experience.
(c) Stories should have a moral purpose.
(d) Characters must be lifelike.

Short Answer Questions

1. What inducement does the fiancee offer the main character?

2. What does Dencombe find when he reads his new book?

3. James' critical language come from ___________.

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

5. What has Dencombe just received as 'The Middle Years' opens?

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