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The American

Henry James

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1. How did the Marquis de Bellegarde die?

2. How does Newman first hear of Claire de Cintré?

3. Newman's relationship to Mrs. Tristram is best described as:

4. Which of the following best exemplifies the paradox of Tom Tristram's relationship to America?

5. When Newman decides to expose the Bellegardes' secret, he first pays a visit to:

6. Newman's proof of the Marquise's misdeed is:

7. Which man ultimately falls for Noémie Nioche affections?

8. Over what or whom do Valentin and Stanislas Kapp duel?

9. What drastic action does Claire take when her marriage to Newman is effectively prevented?

10. What does the young Marquise ask Newman to secretly do when she sees him during the performance of Don Giovanni?

11. How do Tom Tristram and Newman meet?

12. What eventually happens to the Marquis' note?

13. Who is Mrs. Bread?

14. Which of the following best describes Newman's childhood?

15. How did Newman make his money?

16. What is the Bellegardes' fundamental objection to their daughter marrying Newman?

17. How does Noémie respond to the news that a duel will take place over her?

18. Newman thinks that Noémie has spent her life trying to become a woman like:

19. How does Newman offer to help Noémie make her place in the world?

20. Which best describes the engagement between Newman and Claire?

21. Newman's plan to woo Claire de Cintré is aided by the critical support of which member of the Bellegarde family?

22. How does Valentin respond to the news that his family has prevented Claire from marrying Newman?

23. Who is Lord Deepmere?

24. How does Valentin help to orchestrate Newman's revenge?

25. What is the eventual success of Newman's revenge?

26. Newman's sudden revelation in the course of his revenge against the Bellegardes is best compared to:

27. What poignant reason does Claire give for breaking off the engagement with Newman?

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