Tales of Henry James: The Texts of the Stories, the Author on His Craft, Background and Criticism Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is John Marcher there to see?

2. How does James describe May Bartram's physical appearance?

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

4. Where is the telegraph office located in ''In the Cage'?

5. What assurance does Dr. Hugh give Dencombe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between the doctor's relationship with Dencombe and his relationship with the Countess?

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

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

4. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?

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

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

7. Describe the relationship between Marcher and Bartram.

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

9. Where is 'In the Cage' set?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of James' characters are weak or ineffectual young men. What virtues or strengths do these young men have, and do they compensate for their weaknesses?

Essay Topic 2

James is occasionally very specific about the season in which his stories are set. What is the literal or symbolic importance of the seasons and nature in James' stories?

Essay Topic 3

James' stories sometimes delve into hidden psychological motives and urges. How does James represent things that cannot be seen or felt, but are real to the characters? Does he use symbolism, personification, fantasy, metaphor? What other methods does he use to present the uncanny self inside the self?

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