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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) One of Mr. Offord's friends takes him in as his butler.
(d) They think it would be wrong to hire him themselves.

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

3. The Monarchs ask the main character for ___________.
(a) Work as models.
(b) Paintings to buy.
(c) Portraits.
(d) Referrals to a painter.

4. What is Oronte's relationship with the main character?
(a) He is one a representative from an gallery.
(b) He is his manservant.
(c) He is one of his patrons.
(d) He is one of his regular models.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the publisher trying to get his hands on?

2. What effect have the Monarchs had on the main character's art, according to Jack Hawley?

3. Where does Winterbourne encounter Daisy Miller the second time?

4. What condition does Pemberton impose on his agreement to work without pay?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Pemberton? What is he hired to do?

2. What is the irony in the title ''The Real Thing'?

3. What is it about Daisy Miller that is so shocking the Europeans, and certain Americans?

4. What is unique about James' narrative perspective in 'Brooksmith'?

5. What happens to Brooksmith when Mr. Oliver Offord dies?

6. Where does the narrator believe Brooksmith has gone?

7. How does the publisher involve Miss Tita in his plot?

8. What is Brooksmith's relationship with Mr. Oliver Offord?

9. How effective is the unnamed publisher at getting the Aspern papers?

10. What was 'Brooksmith' based on?

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