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

2. What changes for Mr. Offord?

3. Who is Julianne Bordereau?

4. To whom does Winterbourne defend Daisy Miller's character?

5. Who is Morgan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What part does the telegraph operator play in the affair between Lady Bradeen and Captain Everard?

2. Where had John Marcher and May Bartram met previously, and what had happened then?

3. What is the irony in the secret Marcher has been keeping all these years?

4. What is the relationship between Pemberton and Morgan?

5. Under what conditions does Spencer Brydon meet Miss Staverton again?

6. Who are Major and Mrs. Monarch?

7. Where does the narrator believe Brooksmith has gone?

8. What is the tragedy of 'The Middle Years'?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Which critical insight do you find most useful to understanding Henry James' work? Make an argument for one critical view of his stories. Tell why other critics were not as useful to your view of James.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How does James' stories describe the difference between America and Europe? What does each civilization stand for? How are they distinguished? What kind of drama is created when they come into conflict?

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