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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What year did Alice's grandfather go to California?
(a) 1862
(b) 1901
(c) 1849
(d) 1929

2. What artist became famous by painting a portrait of Fernande?
(a) Matisse
(b) Picasso
(c) Max Jacob
(d) Van Dongen

3. What famous school did Gertrude Stein attend?
(a) Columbia
(b) Johns Hopkins
(c) Oxford
(d) Sorbonne

4. Of what comic was Picasso fond?
(a) Andy Capp
(b) Alley Oop
(c) Katzenjammer Kids
(d) Marmaduke

5. Gertrude Stein's brother discovered what unknown artist at Sagot's gallery?
(a) Cézanne
(b) Monday
(c) Picasso
(d) Whistler

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a chronic problem in Paris?

2. What is the English translation of "un coup de foudre?"

3. According to Matisse, Gertrude's world was a ________________.

4. Who painted a portrait of Gertrude Stein?

5. What was the name of the sculptor working on a figure of Gertrude Stein's nephew?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Picasso described when he makes his first recorded visit to the Stein apartment?

2. How does Gertrude Stein discover the works of Cézanne?

3. When Alice first goes to the starting this apartment, she is introduced to Helene, the Stein's housekeeper. What are Alice's impressions of Helene?

4. Gertrude Stein left California when she was 17-years-old. The author describes the writer as having a drastic change of lifestyle when she moved to the East Coast. What was the main change in Gertrude's life at that time?

5. What newspapers did Stein regularly read and why?

6. How did Stein and Toklas resolve their growing need for money?

7. Why was Hemingway in Europe initially?

8. How did Stein respond when Mrs. Bishop asked the writer to prompt the French government to create a Pondichery?

9. What prompted Gertrude and her brother to split up their art collection?

10. What was one of the reasons Alice cannot understand Gertrude's insistence upon remaining connected to Allegheny, Pennsylvania?

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