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. What does the publisher bring to Julianne Bordereau?

2. How does James describe Pemberton's salary?

3. Where does the narrator think Brooksmith is now?

4. What does Mr. Offord conduct in his home?

5. What is Miss Churm's relationship with the main character?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the illustrator's statement that he doesn't regret the experience of drawing the Monarchs?

2. Who are Major and Mrs. Monarch?

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

4. What was 'Brooksmith' based on?

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

6. What do the Europeans believe will happen to Daisy Miller, and what is their knowledge founded in?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the critical commentary for one of the stories. Which commentator seems to provide the most helpful insight into the story? How do you explain the other commentators' interest? What remains to be explained after these different commentaries?

Essay Topic 3

We always have to wonder whether writers in stories represent the author himself. How can we interpret James' views about creativity based on what he says about the characters who are creative in his stories? Do James' characters advance a coherent theory of creativity and its importance in a culture?

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