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Lesson 12. The Discovery of What is Means to Be An American. Pre-Text Questions. What type of writing is this one?. What is the essay mainly about? Is it really about being an American?. What is your first impression of the author’s writing style?. What is the theme of this essay?.

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Lesson 12

The Discovery of What is Means

to Be An American

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Pre-Text Questions

What type of writing is this one?

What is the essay mainly about?

Is it really about being an American?

What is your first impression of the author’s

writing style?

What is the theme of this essay?

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About the author

Henry James

Why does the author begin his writing by a

quotation?

having or composed of many different

or clashing elements; heterogeneous

motley

What is the main idea of the first paragraph?

What is its chief function in the essay?

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a seemingly contradictory statemetnt

that may nonetheless be true

paradox

What is the paradox about?

go across, esp. in order to shorten

one’s route; break through

cut across

Why is the phrase “made it” a quotation?

a psychotic disorder characterized by

delusions of persecution or grandeur,

often strenuously defended with

apparent logic and reason;

extreme, irrational distrust of others

paranoia

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tunnel

the sky

I began to see the sky for what seemed to be the

first time

pocket

a small area or group of a specific type

a pocket of poverty

Pigalle

Neuilly

a poinion/conception formed

in advance of full/adequate

knowledge/experience

preconception

What’s your understanding of freedom, dangers

and responsibilities?

Algerian

Albert Camus

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Little Rock

Why does Baldwin claim that the day is both

personal and terrible?

a temporary stay;

a brief period of residence

sojourn

What does the “anything” refer to here?

it’s after Samuel Maverick, Texas

rancher who did not brand his cattle

maverick

an unbranded animal, esp. a strayed

calf

What is your understanding of a dense society?