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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 Stein's housekeeper?

2. How does Alice refer to her mother?

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

4. What author did Alice most admire?

5. What nationality was Picasso?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the impetus to convince Alice to travel to Europe for the first time?

4. What event precipitated the Steins move to Vienna?

5. In 1913, Helene left of the Stein household. What prompted the departure?

6. Why did it not matter to Gertrude Stein what language her literature was printed in?

7. Many people, mostly painters and writers, flocked to the Stein apartment. Why was 27 rue de Fleurus so popular?

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

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

10. Why was Gertrude grateful to have failed to receive her degree from Johns Hopkins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Stein and Toklas are lovers and seem to be accepting of the lifestyles of most people, there are instances in which Stein's morality affects various friendships. Explain why Stein's morality almost cost the writer the close relationship she had formed with Picasso.

Essay Topic 2

Money was mentioned on occasion but usually when it posed a problem regarding the ability to live in Paris or during war time. It was never discussed how Stein and Toklas made their money, only that it was wise to be frugal. When the women ran out of money, they contacted relatives for help. Where do you think the women got the funds to live on? How did their lifestyle help or hinder their financial status?

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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