Daisy Miller Test | Mid-Book 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 could Daisy not say when introducing Winterbourne to her mother?

2. Who does Mrs. Costello say would never behave the way Daisy does?

3. What bothers Winterbourne about Daisy's attitude toward the courier?

4. What about Daisy is most intriguing to Winterbourne?

5. What circumstance about Winterbourne does Mrs. Costello think makes him naive about girls like Daisy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What seems to be a flirtatious pastime of Daisy's?

2. Is there any indication in the first book that Winterbourne is concerned about Daisy's reputation?

3. What shows the ineptitude of Mrs. Miller as a mother?

4. Explain Winterbourne's first impression of Daisy.

5. What shows Daisy's awareness of the American expatriates' snobbishness?

6. Describe Daisy's coquettish behavior with Winterbourne on the way to Chillon.

7. Explain Winterbourne's attraction to Daisy.

8. What does Winterbourne observe about Daisy and her mother?

9. What is the irony of Mrs. Costello's nieces in America?

10. Briefly describe the double standard about morality implied in the novel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the value of preserving antiquities. List in your essay the reasons preserving architecture and artifacts have an important role to play in human understanding of our history.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on writing. Using Henry James as an example, discuss your thoughts on the contribution writers have made toward civilization. Speculate in your essay what the world would be like without the great writing down through the ages.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about cause and effect. Use the idea in DAISY MILLER that the night air causes malaria. Discuss how humans need to assign a cause or blame for anything but are very often wrong in their conclusions. Include some other old wives tales that were once accepted as the truth but are disproved today.

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