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 does Daisy realize from Winterbourne's excuses about his aunt?

2. How does Daisy react to his departure news?

3. What could Daisy not say when introducing Winterbourne to her mother?

4. When does Winterbourne say he must return to Geneva?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What behavior on the part of the Millers accentuates the European-American conflict?

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

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

6. What is it in Daisy's conversation that Winterbourne misses that should have told him how Daisy is feeling about him?

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

8. Explain Winterbourne's first impression of Daisy.

9. What is another clue Winterbourne seems to miss that Daisy is interested in him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about style versus fads. Use Daisy Miller as an example of a young woman who has excellent fashion tastes for her day. Give your opinion about good fashion today as opposed to fad dressing and poor taste.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about means of travel. Discuss (although it is not mentioned per se in the novella) how the Millers came from America and the various means of transportation mentioned in the book. Your essay should then compare travel in the 19th Century to 21st Century travel.

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