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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mrs. Moreen hold in her hands while she makes her offer to Pemberton?
(a) Her son.
(b) A checkbook.
(c) Her hat.
(d) A pair of soiled gloves.

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

3. What is discussed at Mr. Offord's home?
(a) High society.
(b) Politics.
(c) Art and ideas.
(d) Business.

4. How does James characterize the Monarchs as models?
(a) Uncreative.
(b) Inventive.
(c) Fidgety.
(d) Useless.

5. How does James describe Pemberton?
(a) Brilliant and curious.
(b) Outgoing and gregarious.
(c) Sophisticated and smart.
(d) Weak and ineffectual.

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

7. Who chooses which visitors to admit to Mr. Offord's house?
(a) Mr. Offord.
(b) Brooksmith.
(c) Mrs. Offord.
(d) The narrator.

8. Who is the main character of 'The Real Thing'?
(a) A patron of the arts.
(b) A model.
(c) An illustrator.
(d) A businessman.

9. What does the main character think of the Monarchs?
(a) They are coming to model for him.
(b) They will commission portraits.
(c) They have come to buy paintings.
(d) They are looking for their daughter.

10. What thought does the narrator give to Brooksmith after Mr. Offord's death?
(a) He loans him money and helps him set up his own house.
(b) He does not give Brooksmith much thought.
(c) He refers him for a job somewhere else.
(d) He considers hiring him, but cannot afford it.

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

12. What changes for Mr. Offord?
(a) He inherits money.
(b) His health declines.
(c) He adopts Brooksmith.
(d) He loses his memory.

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

14. Who summons the narrator to Brooksmith's bedside when Brooksmith falls ill?
(a) A friend.
(b) Brooksmith's aunt.
(c) Brooksmith's daughter.
(d) Mr. Offord's daughter.

15. What does the publisher believe is the reason for Julianne Bordereau wearing a certain accessory in his presence?
(a) To impress him.
(b) To seduce him.
(c) To hide the searing power of her eyes.
(d) To protect herself from getting a headache.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Julianne Bordereau's response to the publisher's initial request?

2. What is improper about Winterbourne talking to Daisy Miller at first?

3. Where is 'Daisy Miller' set?

4. How does the main character describe the Monarchs' intelligence?

5. Who steers conversation at Mr. Offord's house?

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