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Novels Set In Paris

written by: Eve
Check your knowledge of these classic literary works, set in Paris, France.

Question 1:

What famous character leaves his family in Gascony and travels to Paris, encountering Milady de Winter on the way?
La Mole
Edmond Dantès

Question 2:

What famous author wrote, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast"?
Ezra Pound
James Joyce
F. Scot Fitzgerald
Ernest Hemingway

Question 3:

What novel by Charles Dickens, set before and during the French Revolution, opens with the sentence, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'?
Hard Times
Oliver Twist
A Tale of Two Cities
The Great Expectations

Question 4:

What American author penned the novel The Tropic of Cancer during his "nomadic life" in Paris?
William Burrows
Ernest Hemingway
William Faulkner
Henry Miller

Question 5:

What novel by Victor Hugo focuses on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption?
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Les Miserables
The Red and the Black
The Man Who Laughs

Question 6:

What American author wrote the novel The American, which is centered around an American businessman's courtship of a young widow from an aristocratic Parisian family?
Washington Irving
Mark Twain
John Steinbeck
Henry James

Question 7:

In this novel by Honoré de Balzac, a criminal-in-hiding named Vautrin tells naive law student Eugène de Rastignac that he is "making him an offer that he cannot refuse".
Madame Bovary
The Man Who Laughs
Gargantua and Pantagruel
Le Père Goriot (Old Goriot)

Question 8:

Julien Sorel is the protagonist of this satirical French novel, set during the Bourbon Restoration.
Old Goriot
The Red and the Black
The Man in the Iron Mask
Queen Margot

Question 9:

This novel by American author James Baldwin is noteworthy for bringing complex representations of homosexuality. It follows the events in the life of an American living in Paris.
The Sun Also Rises
Of Human Bondage
The Naked and the Dead
Giovanni's Room

Question 10:

What is the pen name of Eric Blair who wrote the memoir Down and Out in Paris and London?
Salman Rushdie
Julian Barnes
George Orwell
Graham Greene


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