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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 Oronte's relationship with the main character?

2. Why has Winterbourne come to the place where he meets Daisy Miller?

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

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

5. How far is the publisher willing to go to get the Aspern papers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does the narrator believe Brooksmith has gone?

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

5. What does 'The Real Thing' say about the nature of art?

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

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

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

9. Who are Miss Churm and Oronte?

10. Who is Pemberton? What is he hired to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of women in James' stories? How are they distinguished from men? Are their roles distinct, or is there much overlap or ambiguity? What is the purpose or use of this interrelation?

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

Describe Henry James' feelings about the friendship and possible homosexual relationship between men. How does he characterize this relationship, and what is its status compared with other kinds of relationships and friendships?

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