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. Who haunts the house on jolly corner?

2. Where does the main character stroll past on her way home?

3. Who relies on the main character for support?

4. How does James describe the Countess?

5. How does James characterize the relationship between May Bartram and John Marcher?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?

2. Describe Spencer Brydon's encounter with his alter ego.

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

4. What rules does James lay out for writing?

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

6. Who is Dr. Hugh?

7. What is the significance of the title?

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

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

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

Money is an issue for many of the characters in James' stories. Where does money come from, and who produces it? Which, if any, characters, have earned their freedom by making money themselves, and what kind of freedom do the other characters come by or struggle to attain?

Essay Topic 2

In 'The Real Thing' and other stories, James uses irony to evoke strong emotions and even feelings of surprise in the reader. Describe two different uses of irony in James' stories. Analyze the emotions created in the reader by the stories.

Essay Topic 3

Is James' outlook tragic or comic? Is it realistic or pragmatic? Make an argument for the overall tone of James' stories.

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