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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 Matisse's first large composition?

2. The brother of what famous dancer rented an atelier in the rue de Fleurus?

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

4. What is a chronic problem in Paris?

5. Who painted a portrait of Gertrude Stein?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What caused Alice to throw herself into literature after having spent so much time studying music?

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

5. How did Alice come to meet Gertrude Stein's brother and sister-in-law?

6. What event precipitated the Steins move to Vienna?

7. Why did Alice neglect to pursue education or a career while in San Francisco?

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

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

10. How did Stein and Toklas resolve their growing need for money?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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