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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. Cézanne's portrait of a woman inspired what Gertrude Stein work?

2. What was the name of the heroine of the moment?

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

4. Who would supply the lessons to Alice?

5. Alice's father said, "if you must do a thing do it _____________."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is it difficult for Alice to relate to her family's military service?

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

6. Why was Hemingway in Europe initially?

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

8. How does Gertrude Stein discover the works of Cézanne?

9. What caused the turbulent nature of the Picassos' relationship?

10. What about Picasso's paintings was considered to be entirely Spanish?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

It is well known that Stein and Toklas were lovers and were possibly secretly married in 1908. The lifestyle of the couple was such that the unusual living arrangement was never questioned by the couple's friends. Why was the subject not openly discussed in the book? How do you think Stein's and Toklas' families reacted to their marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Stein and Fitzgerald had a peculiar relationship. Stein often complimented Fitzgerald on his work, particularly the books "The Great Gatsby" and "This Side of Paradise." Fitzgerald did not receive the compliments well and often became angry. Explain Fitzgerald's behavior and how it affected his relationship with Stein.

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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