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 is it that requires Mr. Oliver Offord to stay home?

2. How does James characterize Brooksmith' success in his new positions?

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

4. What is the publisher's rent?

5. Where does Brooksmith work after his illness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who are Major and Mrs. Monarch?

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

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

5. Where does the narrator believe Brooksmith has gone?

6. What is the first surprise we find out about Major and Mrs. Monarch?

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

8. Who are Miss Churm and Oronte?

9. Describe Mr. Oliver Offord's salons.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 'The Real Thing' and other stories, James uses irony to evoke strong emotions and even feelings of surprise in the reader. Describe two different uses of irony in James' stories. Analyze the emotions created in the reader by the stories.

Essay Topic 2

Money is an issue for many of the characters in James' stories. Where does money come from, and who produces it? Which, if any, characters, have earned their freedom by making money themselves, and what kind of freedom do the other characters come by or struggle to attain?

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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