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. How does Daisy speak to her mother, the servant, and perfect strangers?

2. How long does Daisy say Winterbourne has not spoken to her?

3. Who does Winterbourne meet outside the hotel?

4. What does Winterbourne conclude he would deucedly enjoy?

5. What does Daisy say she has always had?

Short Essay Questions

1. To solve the problem of Daisy's going alone, how does Winterbourne provide an answer?

2. How does Miller set up a theme of tension between the Americans and the Europeans?

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

4. Describe the point at which Daisy and Winterbourne come into conflict.

5. At Mrs. Walker's party, how does Winterbourne alter to stop Daisy's behavior?

6. How does Winterbourne respond to Mrs. Walker's request that he stop seeing Daisy?

7. How does Winterbourne's attempt at a joke turn out badly?

8. In what way does Daisy turn the tables on Winterbourne when he warns her about Giovanelli?

9. Describe the main conflict of the novel.

10. How does Mrs. Miller show her own naivete regarding Giovanelli?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the irony of Mrs. Costello's objection to Daisy's seeing Italian men. Although James does not comment on it, there is an irony that Mrs. Costello has an Italian last name. Discuss how people often condemn in otherw what they accept in themselves.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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