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 does the main character think Captain Everard thinks about her?

2. Which was NOT one of Mr. Besant's general laws of fiction?

3. How does the main character find out that Lady Bradeen's husband has discovered the affair with Captain Everard?

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

5. What does John Marcher realize he should have done?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the relationship between Marcher and Bartram.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many of James' relationships are platonic friendships. What do you think is the value of marriage in these stories, and do you think that James is somehow proposing that a different kind of relationship has a higher value than marriage?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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