The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 item did Picasso withhold from his wife?

2. Alice's grandmother was very fond of __________________.

3. Of what comic was Picasso fond?

4. What nationality flooded the rue de Fleurus?

5. What artist was a friend of the photographer, Duret?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. What inspired Picasso to devote himself to Cubism?

7. What newspapers did Stein regularly read and why?

8. What most impressed Alice about her first meeting with Gertrude Stein in Paris?

9. Describe the premise of Stein's novel "The Making of Americans."

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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