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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) He still had good ideas he is anxious to explore.
(b) He does not have any good ideas left.
(c) His best work is still to come.
(d) He has peaked.

2. How does the telegraph operator help Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?
(a) She contains the fallout of their affair.
(b) She hides their correspondence from investigators.
(c) She poses as Captain Everard's lover for the sake of Lady Bradeen's husband.
(d) She prevents Lady Bradeen's husband from finding out.

3. To whom is the Munich engaged?
(a) A school teacher.
(b) Captain Everard.
(c) Mr. Bradeen.
(d) Mr. Mudge.

4. What does May Bartram tell John Marcher about his secret?
(a) Everyone knew his secret.
(b) He had misinterpreted all the important signs.
(c) She had always known about his secret.
(d) The event he waited for has already happened.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What had John Marcher told May Bartram when they met earlier?

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

3. What does art thrive on, according to 'Art of Fiction'?

4. What does Dencombe say about his best books?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.

2. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?

3. What is the significance of the title?

4. What rules does James lay out for writing?

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

6. Where is 'In the Cage' set?

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

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

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

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

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