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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 has Dencombe just received as 'The Middle Years' opens?
2. What does John Marcher realize about the event he was waiting for?
3. What disappointing news does the main character find out about Captain Everard?
4. What does Dencombe feel about his future?
5. What does James say is more important than genius?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Dr. Hugh?
2. What part does the telegraph operator play in the affair between Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?
3. How does James address the superstition that fiction is diabolical?
4. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?
5. What effect does the affair of Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard have on the telegraph operator?
6. What is Marcher's realization at the end of 'The Beast in the Jungle'?
7. How does James address the formal rules prescribed for fiction?
8. What is the significance of the title of this story?
9. What is unique about the narration of 'In the Cage'?
10. What is the irony in the secret Marcher has been keeping all these years?
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
Is James' outlook tragic or comic? Is it realistic or pragmatic? Make an argument for the overall tone of James' stories.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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