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

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 outraged.
(c) They are shocked.
(d) They are disbelieving.

3. What is the reason for the Monarchs' insistence?
(a) They deserve help.
(b) They have a lot to lose.
(c) They have assistance to offer.
(d) They are the real thing.

4. To whom does Winterbourne defend Daisy Miller's character?
(a) Mrs. Walker.
(b) Mr. Giovanelli.
(c) Mr. Walker.
(d) Daisy Miller's mother.

5. Where is Oronte from?
(a) Sweden.
(b) Italy.
(c) Portugal.
(d) Sicily.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does James characterize the relationship between Mr. Offord and Brooksmith?

2. Who chooses which visitors to admit to Mr. Offord's house?

3. The Monarchs ask the main character to hire them as ___________.

4. What was the crowd like that came to Mr. Offord's house?

5. What thought does the narrator give to Brooksmith after Mr. Offord's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Major and Mrs. Monarch?

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

3. What prevents Mr. Oliver Offord's friends from hiring Brooksmith?

4. What is the setting of 'Daisy Miller,' and why is this significant?

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

6. What effect do the Monarchs have on the illustrator's art?

7. What is the publisher trying to obtain in 'The Aspern Papers'?

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

9. How does Winterbourne meet Daisy Miller?

10. What feelings does the ending of 'The Aspern Papers' create in the reader?

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