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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. Where is 'Daisy Miller' set?

2. Where does Brooksmith go after his mother dies?

3. How does the main character describe the Monarchs' intelligence?

4. What condition does Pemberton impose on his agreement to work without pay?

5. What does Brooksmith enjoy about the gatherings at Mr. Offord's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Dencombe's feelings about his own work.

3. What does Marcher realize when May Bartram dies?

4. How does Winterbourne meet Daisy Miller?

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

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

7. How does James address the formal rules prescribed for fiction?

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

9. What rules does James lay out for writing?

10. What is the difference between the doctor's relationship with Dencombe and his relationship with the Countess?

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

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

James' stories sometimes delve into hidden psychological motives and urges. How does James represent things that cannot be seen or felt, but are real to the characters? Does he use symbolism, personification, fantasy, metaphor? What other methods does he use to present the uncanny self inside the self?

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