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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Cézanne's portrait of a woman inspired what Gertrude Stein work?

2. What was the name of the heroine of the moment?

3. What was the name of the street on which the Picassos lived?

4. Who would supply the lessons to Alice?

5. Alice's father said, "if you must do a thing do it _____________."

Short Essay Questions

1. What possessions of Mrs. Stein's were of great fascination to Alice? Why?

2. Why did it upset Mildred Aldrich to read Who's Who in America?

3. What was referred to as "un petit Luxembourg?"

4. Why is it difficult for Alice to relate to her family's military service?

5. Why was Mildred Aldrich pleased by Gertrude Stein's success in England?

6. Why was Hemingway in Europe initially?

7. Why did William Cook's father refuse to believe there was war?

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

9. What caused the turbulent nature of the Picassos' relationship?

10. What about Picasso's paintings was considered to be entirely Spanish?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

After the Steins returned to the United States from Europe, Mr. Stein wanted the children to abandon their foreign language skills and focus solely on American English. Why would Stein do this? What are the pros and cons of focusing solely on American English?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Stein and Toklas.

1. How are they different?

2. Did their life together in Paris increase or diminish their differences?

3. What was the main difference or likeness between the two women?

Essay Topic 3

Stein is very good at characterization of the main group of visitors to the Paris salon. Choose one of the following characters and explain how the descriptions in the book enhance the reader's image of the character.

1. Pablo Picasso

2. Gertrude Stein

3. Alice B. Toklas

4. Henri Matisse

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