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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How does James characterize Lady Bradeen?
(a) Elegant and beautiful.
(b) Intimidating and smart.
(c) Mousy and fragile.
(d) Savvy and manipulative.

5. How does James characterize the main character's feelings for her fiancee?
(a) Passionate.
(b) Indifferent.
(c) Lukewarm.
(d) Chilly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does May Bartram tell John Marcher about his secret?

2. How does James characterize Spencer Brydon's alter ego?

3. Where does Spencer Brydon return to at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?

4. Why does John Marcher think he was invited along?

5. What does the main character plan to do, when she is disappointed by Captain Everard?

Short Essay Questions

1. What part does the telegraph operator play in the affair between Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?

2. What rules does James lay out for writing?

3. Who is the main character of 'In the Cage,' and what is he dilemma?

4. What is the significance of the setting in 'The Middle Years'?

5. What does Dencombe realize in the end of 'The Middle Years'?

6. What happens to bring May Bartram and John Marcher into closer friendship?

7. Describe Dencombe's feelings about his own work.

8. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?

9. Describe the meeting between Dencombe and Dr. Hugh.

10. What is the significance of the title of this story?

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