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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 is improper about Winterbourne talking to Daisy Miller at first?

2. Who is Jeffrey Aspern?

3. What is discussed at Mr. Offord's home?

4. Who summons the narrator to Brooksmith's bedside when Brooksmith falls ill?

5. How does Morgan die?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where do John Marcher and May Bartram meet in 'The Beast in the Jungle'?

3. What is the irony in the secret Marcher has been keeping all these years?

4. Where had John Marcher and May Bartram met previously, and what had happened then?

5. Describe Marcher's lifestyle.

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

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

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

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

10. What is the significance of the title of this story?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does James' stories describe the difference between America and Europe? What does each civilization stand for? How are they distinguished? What kind of drama is created when they come into conflict?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Henry James' views about social class, as represented in his stories. Is he someone who believes in the value of class, or does he seem to believe that every human being is inherently equal?

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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