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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 expect when he opens the package he has received?
(a) To see the flaws in his book.
(b) To be proud of his book.
(c) To find that the check was for less than he expected.
(d) To get a dire diagnosis for his health.

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

3. What allows May Bartram to buy this?
(a) An inheritance.
(b) Profits from her novel.
(c) A gift from her fiancée.
(d) Her personal fortune.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the old superstition say about fiction?

2. How does James characterize the main character's feelings for her fiancee?

3. What warning does Miss Vernham give Dencombe?

4. What does Dencombe say about his best books?

5. What does John Marcher realize about the event he was waiting for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What rules does James lay out for writing?

2. What did James study before he took to writing, and how did this influence his writing?

3. Where do John Marcher and May Bartram meet in 'The Beast in the Jungle'?

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

5. Where had John Marcher and May Bartram met previously, and what had happened then?

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

7. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.

8. How does James address the formal rules prescribed for fiction?

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

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

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