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

2. What does the publisher bring to Julianne Bordereau?

3. How does James describe Miss Churm?

4. What does Morgan urge Pemberton to do?

5. What is the Monarchs' reaction when the main character chooses Oronte and Miss Churm for the refined characters in the illustrations?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the narrator's interest in Brooksmith?

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

3. What was 'Brooksmith' based on?

4. Describe the conditions under which Morgan dies.

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

6. What is the relationship between Pemberton and Morgan?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What are the rules that govern James' storytelling? What can you surmise from his essays and stories? Do his stories and his essays agree?

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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