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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 is Babcock's job?

2. How is Newman described in the opening chapter of "The American"?

3. What does Nioche confide in Newman is the biggest struggle for him regarding his daughter?

4. What does everyone drink during Newman's first visit to see Claire?

5. How does Claire react to Newman's first visit when he comes to see her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Newman think about the fact that he is the only dinner guest at the Bellegardes one evening?

2. How does Noemie react to the paintings Newman wants her to paint for him?

3. Why does Newman not want to play poker with Tristam?

4. What does Valentin think about Noemie and her plans for the future when he first meets her?

5. At the end of Chapter V, what amusing point does Newman make about other people's comments on his moral standards?

6. What is Newman interested in when it comes to a potential spouse for himself?

7. Why does Nioche offer to teach Newman French for free?

8. What does Valentin think Noemie's absence from her father's house symbolizes?

9. What actions did Valentin's family take out of fear that he would ruin the family's good name?

10. What does Newman tell Tristam his reason is for being in Paris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast 2 female characters of your choosing from the "The American," making sure to use direct evidence and examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Newman and Valentin. How are they alike? How are they similar? Make sure to use direct quotations from the text to support your paper.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss at least 3 ways the novel would change if it were written from the perspective of Claire. Include in your discussion at least 3 literary devices James could use while writing from these different perspectives.

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