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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. What outcome is the main character hoping his work will bring?

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

4. What does Mrs. Moreen hold in her hands while she makes her offer to Pemberton?

5. How does James describe Miss Churm?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Mr. Oliver Offord's salons.

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

5. Describe the conditions under which Morgan dies.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate your own reading of 'The Tales of Henry James.' Did you resist it, or were you compelled by the story? What does your reading tell you about yourself and your interests? Use specific examples from the book to describe yourself as a reader.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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