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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 activity did Stein partake in every afternoon?

2. What was Picasso's first name?

3. Where was Gertrude's brother living when he learned about Cézanne?

4. Which of these things is not among Alice's hobbies?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Although one of the reasons Mr. Stein took his children to Europe was to receive a European education, he changed his mind regarding language when the family moved to California. Why?

3. Why is it unusual for Picasso to paint a portrait of Gertrude Stein?

4. What is Gertrude Stein's brother's theory about the masking of unemployment in Paris?

5. The author claims that Alice's father came from Polish patriotic stock. What in Alice's history causes the author to make such a statement?

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

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

8. Why did Stein decide to write Toklas' autobiography?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the techniques used in the book is the flashback. Cite five examples of a flashback and the relevance of each to the story. Explain how the use of flashback may have hindered the story in the mind of the reader. Also explain why Stein felt that it was necessary to use the flashback method.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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