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 thought do Mr. Offord's friends give Brooksmith after Mr. Offord's death?

2. Who is Pemberton?

3. What do the Monarchs insist on in respect to the main character?

4. What effect have the Monarchs had on the main character's art, according to Jack Hawley?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the relationship between Pemberton and Morgan?

4. What effect do the Monarchs have on the illustrator's art?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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