Tales of Henry James: The Texts of the Stories, the Author on His Craft, Background and Criticism 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. How far is the publisher willing to go to get the Aspern papers?

2. What does Morgan urge Pemberton to do?

3. How often does the narrator stop by Mr. Offord's house?

4. Who is Morgan?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mr. Oliver Offord's salons.

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

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

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

5. Describe the conditions under which Morgan dies.

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

7. What is James saying about aristocracy in 'The Real Thing'?

8. What is the Moreens' financial situation, and how does this affect Pemberton?

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

10. What does 'The Real Thing' say about the nature of art?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which critical insight do you find most useful to understanding Henry James' work? Make an argument for one critical view of his stories. Tell why other critics were not as useful to your view of James.

Essay Topic 2

Many of James' relationships are platonic friendships. What do you think is the value of marriage in these stories, and do you think that James is somehow proposing that a different kind of relationship has a higher value than marriage?

Essay Topic 3

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

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