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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. At what time of day did Gertrude Stein typically begin to work?

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

3. What is difficult for Alice to find?

4. Whose relatives returned to California?

5. What event preceded the fire?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Gertrude Stein's afternoon ritual.

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

3. Alice remembers a collection of photographs, kept by Gertrude Stein of the Americans the war. Why did these photographs upset Picasso?

4. 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?

5. How had Matisse's life changed since he arrived in Paris?

6. What caused Alice's grandfather to leave Paris?

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

8. What prompted Max Jacob to dub the early 1900s "the heroic age of Cubism?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mildred Aldrich was upset that Stein was not more readily recognized by the Americans yet professed that it was more important to be recognized by the British? What were Aldrich's reasons for the belief? How did that belief affect Stein's decisions?

Essay Topic 2

There is very little actual dialogue in the story although there is a great amount of recounting stories and hearsay. Why did the author choose to recount stories through the eyes of Toklas instead of reporting the actual events through the use of dialogue?

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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