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. Why does Lady Bradeen stop using the main character's telegraph office?

2. What does the main character do to help Lady Bradeen?

3. How much time passes between May Bartram moving to London and her falling ill?

4. What quality does a premise have to have in order to be suitable for a novel, in James' opinion?

5. What does Dencombe realize as he dies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Dr. Hugh?

3. What does Dencombe realize in the end of 'The Middle Years'?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What makes Henry James an American author?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the critical commentary for one of the stories. Which commentator seems to provide the most helpful insight into the story? How do you explain the other commentators' interest? What remains to be explained after these different commentaries?

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