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

2. What was the name of the large exposition building?

3. At what age did Alice develop a love of literature?

4. What artist became famous by painting a portrait of Fernande?

5. Gertrude had a large number of photographs depicting what historical event?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the beginning of Chapter 2, Picasso had just finished his portrait of Gertrude Stein. Why was the painting not received from the time it was finished?

3. What inspired Picasso to devote himself to Cubism?

4. Why does Gertrude Stein spend two years living in Baltimore?

5. What was the initial response to Gertrude Stein's "Three Lives?"

6. 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?

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

8. Why was it difficult for the Picassos to decide where their son would be baptized?

9. What was the initial purpose for Stein and Toklas to go to London?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Of the people that visited the Paris salon, a great number of them were German or Hungarian. The Hungarians in particular were mad for Stein, her work and her company. What caused the Hungarians to worship Stein? How was Stein's work received in Hungary? How did the Germans view Stein's work?

Essay Topic 2

Stein's first vehicle could be used as a metaphor in the story. At the time, the war was preparing to erupt and it was important to be able to preserve one's freedom. Explain how the car symbolized freedom.

Essay Topic 3

Much of the book details the relationships between Stein and a lengthy cast of characters. Most of the characters are famous painters and authors although many are academics, friends and relatives that bear little impact on the story as a whole. Why were these people included in the book? Do you feel that the inclusion helped or hindered the picture Stein was trying to paint of life in Paris?

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