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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. How does James characterize the relationship between May Bartram and John Marcher?
(a) May is obviously in love with John.
(b) John is obviously in love with May.
(c) May relies on John but does not love him.
(d) John finds May interesting but pedestrian.

2. What dose Miss Staverton say Spencer Brydon would have done if he had returned years earlier?
(a) Made millions of dollars.
(b) Married her.
(c) Been miserable.
(d) Worked himself to death.

3. What happens to Lady Bradeen's husband after he discovers his wife's affair?
(a) He leaves her.
(b) He takes a lover of his own.
(c) He dies.
(d) He falls ill.

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

5. Who is Miss Vernham?
(a) The Countess' niece.
(b) Dr. Hugh's assistant.
(c) Dr. Hugh's lover.
(d) The Countess' paid companion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the young man, whom Dencombe sees approaching, doing?

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

3. What does Dencombe realize as he dies?

4. Which was NOT one of Mr. Besant's general laws of fiction?

5. What is Dencombe's reaction to the package he has just received?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the title?

2. How does James address the superstition that fiction is diabolical?

3. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Spencer Brydon's encounter with his alter ego.

9. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.

10. Describe the meeting of Captain Everard and the telegraph operator.

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