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

2. What does James say a damsel in a small village can write about, if she is someone on whom nothing is lost?
(a) Faraway lands.
(b) Married life.
(c) Evil.
(d) Military life.

3. What warning does Miss Vernham give Dencombe?
(a) To pay more attention to the Countess.
(b) To leave Dr. Hugh alone.
(c) To tend to his health not his writing.
(d) To take care of his own health.

4. What assurance does Dr. Hugh give Dencombe?
(a) He will write another six books.
(b) He will be immortalized in his books.
(c) He will live a long time.
(d) He will live forever.

5. Why does Lady Bradeen stop using the main character's telegraph office?
(a) She is sure the main character has stolen from her.
(b) She suspects the main character of having a crush on Captain Everard.
(c) She moves away.
(d) She understands that the main character is watching her.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dencombe say about his best books?

2. To whom is the Munich engaged?

3. What does Dencombe expect when he opens the package he has received?

4. What does the main character's fiancee encourage her to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Marcher's realization at the end of 'The Beast in the Jungle'?

3. What happens to bring May Bartram and John Marcher into closer friendship?

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

5. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.

6. What is the significance of the title?

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

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

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

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

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