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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 long did stories need to be in James' time?
(a) Around 7,000 words.
(b) Around 10,000 words.
(c) Around 5,000 words.
(d) Around 3,000 words.

2. How does Spencer Brydon encounter the city he moves to at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?
(a) He is repulsed by it.
(b) He is fascinated by how it has not changed.
(c) He is appalled by the changes.
(d) He finds it charming.

3. What does art thrive on, according to 'Art of Fiction'?
(a) Real conflicts.
(b) Vision.
(c) Mysticism.
(d) Discussion.

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

5. How does James describe the Countess?
(a) Fit and energetic.
(b) Stout and middle-aged.
(c) Mousy and retiring.
(d) Fragile and unhealthy-looking.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Dencombe feel he is in his life?

2. What does Eve Sedgwick suggest was John Marcher's real secret?

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

4. To whom is the Munich engaged?

5. How does James characterize Spencer Brydon's lifestyle all these years?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the tragedy of 'The Middle Years'?

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

4. What happens in the affair between Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?

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

6. How does Spencer Brydon react to the changes that took place in New York over the last 33 years?

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

8. What effect does the affair of Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard have on the telegraph operator?

9. Who is Dr. Hugh?

10. What is unique about the narration of 'In the Cage'?

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