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French Connections

written by: sundance
America and France. Two very different cultures. They interact in surprising ways.

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According to many American historians, the 19th century French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the most acute observers of American society and its institutions. What was his profession before leaving for America?
Freelance journalist
Lecturer at the Sorbonne

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This charismatic African-American singer and dancer took Paris by storm when she starred in an all-black show called La Revue Nègre in 1925.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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Ernest Hemingway settled in Paris after World War I determined to become a great writer. This was his first major work there.
A Farewell to Arms
The Torrents of Spring
The Sun Also Rises
A Movable Feast

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Mark Twain spent many months in France researching for a book which he liked to think was his most important, and indeed his best, work. It focuses on which of the following iconic figures?
Emperor Charlemagne
Louis XIV, the Sun King
Cardinal Richelieu
Joan of Arc

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The Pyramid designed for the Louvre Museum in Paris (1989) is the work of Chinese-born American architect I.M. Pei. (This is true.) Its glass segments number precisely 666, the biblical number of the Beast.

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With the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 America was able to double the size of its territory, and for a bargain price to boot. Who was the generous salesman?
Napoleon Bonaparte as First Consul
The (French) National Convention
Emperor Napoleon I
The (French) Directory

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Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is sometimes called the Father of the Statue of Liberty. There has been so much speculation about the model for this renowned figure, and 'figure' here is the operative word. Who was she?
A lady of high society seen in a celebrated painting
His future wife
A distinguished model who once sat for him
His mother

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The French (Swiss-born) visionary architect and urban planner, Le Corbusier, had many critics, but his bold and innovative projects made a deep impression on contemporary and succeeding generations, not least in North America. With which of the following concepts is he closely associated?
The Radiant City
The Garden City
The White City
The City Beautiful

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John James Audubon (1785-1851), the great American artist, naturalist and conservationist, was jailed in 1819 for business fraud.

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French entertainer Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972) charmed music-hall and movie audiences around the world over many decades. He went down very well in Hollywood with some memorable romantic comedies. In which of these did he sing 'Thank Heaven for Little Girls' and 'I Remember It Well' ?
Love Me Tonight
The Merry Widow
Love Parade

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