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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Stein was born and spent the first six months of her life in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Explain why it was important to Stein to maintain the connection with her birthplace. What were the benefits of embracing her Pennsylvania roots as opposed to the roots created in California?

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.

Stein says that there is a big difference in the attitudes of Americans and Europeans in regard to work ethic and material possessions. Americans are much more obsessed with both while Europeans are satisfied with enjoying life and all it has to offer. One good example of this is Matisse's reaction to the house in Clamart. Examine the difference in these points between Stein and her European friends.

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