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. In Mrs. Costello's opinion, what may well-bred young ladies not do?

2. What about Daisy is most intriguing to Winterbourne?

3. Why do Mrs. Costello and the Europeans not need physical proof of Daisy's indiscretions?

4. Under what pretense does Daisy not want him to come to Rome?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the questions James raises about Daisy Miller?

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

3. How does Winterbourne miss a third clue about Daisy's attraction to him?

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

5. How do even the women of this era accept the double standard of the sexes?

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

7. What is Mrs. Costello's admonition to her nephew about Daisy?

8. What is the basis on which the questions of Daisy's innocence is judged?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay comparing Daisy to the Cindy Lauper song, Girls Just Want to Have Fun. In your essay show how Henry James' Daisy Miller foreshadows a much less restrictive future for young American women.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on competition in love. Use the verbal sparring between Giovanelli and Winterbourne as an example of how men compete for the attention of a woman. In your essay suggest how Winterbourne might have done a better job of courting Daisy.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the generation gap. In Daisy's day, Mrs. Miller is a perfect example of an older woman completely befuddled by the behavior of her children. Discuss the generation gap as something that has always existed and why you think that is.

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