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 theme of the novel runs through much of Henry James' novels?

2. How does Daisy want to go?

3. What shocks Mrs. Costello when Winterbourne tells her where he was all afternoon?

4. What does the brother say Daisy's real name is?

5. What does Daisy say her mother doesn't like?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the contradiction in Daisy among the Americans?

2. Relate an example of Daisy's stopping before going too far.

3. Describe briefly how Daisy enjoys creating a fuss.

4. Describe the coincidental meeting between Winterbourne and Daisy.

5. What makes Winterbourne so proud on the trip to Chillon?

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

7. How does Mrs. Walker's snubbing of Daisy affect her?

8. How does Giovanelli attempt to warn off Winterbourne who is walking toward him and Daisy?

9. How does James show that Daisy is not romantically interested in Giovanelli?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the differences in European social order and the more democratic social order of the USA. Discuss the idea of social classes and give your opinion about such structure.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay comparing Daisy's disinterest in the antiquities of Chillon Castle to a modern American youth's attitude toward amusements and games before the electronic ear. In making the comparison use Daisy's attitude at Chillon to compare with a modern young person at a museum of old board games. Ideally this essay will have a humorous tone.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the modern social distinction of money. Use the example of a girl or boy from a wealthy family falling in love with someone from a middle income family. Discuss how such situations may play out.

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