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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 neighborhood where the telegraph office is located?
2. Who is May Bartram?
3. In what location is 'The Middle Years' set?
4. What is John Marcher there to see?
5. How does James describe the Countess?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of the setting in 'The Middle Years'?
2. Who is the main character of 'In the Cage,' and what is he dilemma?
3. What part does the telegraph operator play in the affair between Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?
4. How does Spencer Brydon react to the changes that took place in New York over the last 33 years?
5. What rules does James lay out for writing?
6. What effect does the affair of Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard have on the telegraph operator?
7. What is the significance of the title of this story?
8. Describe the meeting of Captain Everard and the telegraph operator.
9. What is the telegraph operator's fiancée asking her to do?
10. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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?
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