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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 famous novelist visited the Jameses in Paris?

2. What did Henry like about Holmes Jr.?

3. What did Henry think of Oscar Wilde's play, AN IDEAL HUSBAND?

4. What did Henry's father say that Minny took exception to?

5. What did Holmes not disclose to Henry but did discuss with William, his brother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the dream Henry has in Chapter 1.

2. Why was the success of his play so important to Henry?

3. How did Alice react when a young man entered the room?

4. What is his play GUY DOMVILLE about?

5. What scandal results in Oscar Wilde being brought to open trial?

6. What was Symonds' wife like?

7. What was the reception of Henry's play in comparison with the reception of Oscar Wilde's play?

8. Describe Minny Temple, Henry's cousin.

9. Who was Gus Barker?

10. What does Henry discover about Alice when they're caught in the rain in Newport?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) How does Henry change his opinion of the novel, THE SCARLET LETTER? How is this significant in Henry's life?

2) Describe the attack on Fort Wagner during the Civil War? What happens?

3) Who is James Barker and what happens to him in the Civil War?

4) Choose one of these three topics to write on.

Essay Topic 2

1) What two girls does Henry tour Paris with. Describe them and Henry's opinion o them.

2) Describe Constance Fenimore Woolson.

3) Why is Constance Henry's closest friend?

4) Choose one of the three topics to write on.

Essay Topic 3

1) How did Henry James Sr. lose his leg? Go into as much detail as possible.

2) What was Henry James Sr.'s first thought about the Civil War in relation to his sons?

3) What was the change in Henry's father's opinion about the war and his family's involvement later?

4) Choose one of the three topics to write on.

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