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. How does James characterize the lifestyle John Marcher leads?

2. Why does John Marcher think he was invited along?

3. What did the old superstition say about fiction?

4. What has Dencombe just received as 'The Middle Years' opens?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the irony in the secret Marcher has been keeping all these years?

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

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

5. What is the significance of the title?

6. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?

7. Describe the relationship between Marcher and Bartram.

8. What is the telegraph operator's fiancée asking her to do?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Henry James' feelings about the friendship and possible homosexual relationship between men. How does he characterize this relationship, and what is its status compared with other kinds of relationships and friendships?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Henry James' views about social class, as represented in his stories. Is he someone who believes in the value of class, or does he seem to believe that every human being is inherently equal?

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