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 is Daisy's younger brother's name?

2. Why does Winterbourne offer his arm to Daisy?

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

4. What does Winterbourne conclude he would deucedly enjoy?

5. What does Daisy say she hopes Winterbourne feels as she goes inside with her mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Winterbourne's first impression of Daisy.

3. What is Winterbourne's self-image on the trip?

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

5. Explain Winterbourne's attraction to Daisy.

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

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

8. What are some of the Miller family behaviors that appear objectionable to the American expatriates?

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

10. How does the courier Eugenio react to the suggestion that Daisy go to the Chillon Castle with Winterbourne?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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'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 about Henry James as a storyteller. State your opinion about his ability to hold the interest of the reader. Include the literary devices he uses and how well you think he manages to do that.

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