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 not seem to concern Winterbourne?

2. What are all the people doing as they pass out of the great hall?

3. What does Daisy accuse Winterbourne of?

4. Given the chance to row off in the night with Winterbourne, what action indicates Daisy might not be as loose as people think?

5. What does Eugenio suggest to Daisy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the main conflict of the novel.

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

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

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

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

10. Describe briefly how Daisy enjoys creating a fuss.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay expressing your ideas about judging books by their covers. Daisy Miller suffers from being judged unfairly by prudes and snobs. Express you opinion about similar things happening today.

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 growth and change in America after the Civil War (1861-1865) which saw people like the Millers become quite wealthy through industry and become world travelers. Your essay should discuss the American spirit and the American dream that influenced its growth and development.

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