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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the main character describe the Monarchs' intelligence?
(a) He says that they are ignorant about reality, but current on reading the news.
(b) He says that they are brilliant at scheming socially.
(c) He says that they are not very intelligent.
(d) He says that they stay away from intellectual pursuits that might cause them discomfort.

2. Where does the narrator think Brooksmith is now?
(a) Waiting table for the gods.
(b) Playing horses in America.
(c) Hobnobbing in London.
(d) Traveling.

3. What are the main character's feelings about the episode of the Monarchs' visit?
(a) He resents them for corrupting his art.
(b) He doesn't regret it.
(c) He wishes they had never come.
(d) He is profoundly sorry he cannot help them.

4. How does James characterize the Moreens?
(a) Bookish.
(b) Flamboyant.
(c) Naïve.
(d) Frivolous.

5. How does James characterize the relationship between Mr. Offord and Brooksmith?
(a) Intimate friends.
(b) Employee-employer.
(c) Distant relations.
(d) Father and son.

6. What thought do Mr. Offord's friends give Brooksmith after Mr. Offord's death?
(a) They ignore his requests for help or referrals.
(b) They get together to help find him a new position.
(c) They think it would be wrong to hire him themselves.
(d) One of Mr. Offord's friends takes him in as his butler.

7. What does the boy ask Winterbourne for in the garden?
(a) A cube of sugar.
(b) A book.
(c) Directions.
(d) Money.

8. What is the cause of Daisy Miller's death?
(a) Shame.
(b) Drowning.
(c) Malaria.
(d) Scarlet fever.

9. What accessory does Julianne Bordereau wear in the publisher's presence?
(a) An ostrich-feather hat.
(b) An emerald necklace.
(c) A green eye shade.
(d) A head wrap.

10. How does James describe Miss Churm?
(a) A dark, passionate girl.
(b) A milky-skinned, complacent girl.
(c) A freckled cockney girl.
(d) A fiery-tempered, red-cheeked girl.

11. What is the Monarchs' reaction when the main character chooses Oronte and Miss Churm for the refined characters in the illustrations?
(a) They are disbelieving.
(b) They are shocked.
(c) They are outraged.
(d) They are depressed.

12. Who is Pemberton?
(a) A student.
(b) A lawyer.
(c) A tutor.
(d) A gentleman.

13. What do Oronte and Miss Churm do to assume different characters?
(a) Invent speeches for the characters.
(b) Change clothes.
(c) Begin speaking differently.
(d) Close their eyes.

14. What is Brooksmith's reaction to Mr. Offord's death?
(a) He is glad.
(b) He is grief-stricken.
(c) He is guilty.
(d) He is relieved.

15. How does James characterize the Monarchs?
(a) Lackadaisical.
(b) Angry.
(c) Well-born.
(d) Slovenly.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does James describe Pemberton?

2. What kind of people are the Monarchs, according to the main character?

3. Who is Morgan?

4. Who is Jeffrey Aspern?

5. What outcome is the main character hoping his work will bring?

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