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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. How does James characterize the relationship between Morgan and Pemberton?

2. What does the publisher bring to Julianne Bordereau?

3. What is Brooksmith's reaction to Mr. Offord's death?

4. How does James characterize the Moreens?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How effective is the unnamed publisher at getting the Aspern papers?

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

6. Who are Major and Mrs. Monarch?

7. Who are Miss Churm and Oronte?

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

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

10. Describe the conditions under which Morgan dies.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Many of James' relationships are platonic friendships. What do you think is the value of marriage in these stories, and do you think that James is somehow proposing that a different kind of relationship has a higher value than marriage?

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