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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 James say fiction must be, above all?
(a) Moral.
(b) Accurate.
(c) True.
(d) Sincere.

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

3. Who is May Bartram?
(a) A tourist.
(b) A guest in the country house John Marcher is touring.
(c) A teacher in the school John Marcher visited.
(d) A student studying in the museum John Marcher was touring.

4. For how long has Spencer Brydon been living in Europe at the beginning of 'Jolly Corner'?
(a) 12 years.
(b) 1 year.
(c) 18 years.
(d) 33 years.

5. Why does John Marcher think he was invited along?
(a) He would talk to the old ladies.
(b) He looked so pitiable.
(c) He got lost in the crowd.
(d) He was so polite.

Short Answer Questions

1. What distracts Dencombe from his meditation on his own future?

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 do the editors say James' essays on criticism are inconsistent?

5. How does James characterize the lifestyle John Marcher leads?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between Marcher and Bartram.

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

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

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

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

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