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The Ambassadors

Henry James

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1. What is Strether’s relationship to Mrs. Newsome?

2. From what town do Strether and Chad come from?

3. When he was younger, Strether was married and had how many children?

4. Throughout the novel, where does Strether go when he needs advice?

5. Where does Strether meet Waymarsh at the opening of the novel?

6. What is the name of the street on which Chad Newsome has an apartment?

7. What does Miss Gostrey say of little Bilham when Strether first introduces her to him?

8. What does Strether intend to do in Europe?

9. What physical attribute strikes Strether as impressive about Chad when he first meets him?

10. How do people in Strether’s hometown describe Paris?

11. What is Gloriani’s profession?

12. Why does Madame de Vionnet live apart from her husband?

13. Where does Strether first see little Bilham?

14. Miss Gostrey knew Madame de Vionnet in school when the madame was how old?

15. For whom is Mamie Pocock waiting when Strether finds her on the balcony?

16. With whom is Chad in a relationship?

17. Whom does Mrs. Newsome send to replace Strether as ambassador?

18. In what church does Strether run into Madame de Vionnet?

19. Where do Sarah and Strether have their ultimate confrontation?

20. Who gets blamed for Chad’s failure to return to the United States?

21. Where do Sarah, Jim, and Mamie Pocock go, along with Waymarsh, at the end of the novel?

22. How does Strether travel out of town during his last week in Paris?

23. What relation does Chad have with the lady Strether sees him riding a boat with in a Parisian suburb?

24. With whom does Chad go away after he is spotted in the boat?

25. What does Chad decide to do at the end of the novel?

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