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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. Who is Valentin?

2. Where do Noemie and Valentin first meet?

3. How does Tristam describe Claire to Newman?

4. Why does Nioche seek out Newman when he returns to Paris?

5. What does Nioche ask Newman to respect in their quest to see Noemie married?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Valentin, what attitude toward life does Claire have?

3. What are the women doing in the Louvre that Newman finds so interesting?

4. What does Newman think will happen that will make him return to business?

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

6. While he is confessing his affections for her for the first time, what does Newman ask Claire to do in regard to her decision about him?

7. How did her family feel about Claire's decision to give up her right to her husband's money?

8. What causes Claire to shift from threatening to banish Newman if he talked about marriage again to making him wait 6 months instead?

9. How does Claire's mother react when Newman tells her that he intends to marry Claire some day?

10. Why does Noemie tell her father to offer to teach Newman French?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss why it was necessary for Valentin to die in "The American." Make sure to discuss how he dies, what effect his death has on the text in general and on Newman in particular, and why those consequences were necessary for the story.

Essay Topic 2

Choose at least one female character from "The American" and discuss at least 3 ways she goes against traditional gender stereotypes of someone like her.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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