The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Stein feel in regard to intellectual people?

2. According to Stein, only Americans and Spaniards can understand what concept?

3. Where was Gertrude Stein born?

4. What artist did Stein refer to as the Leonardo da Vinci of the movement?

5. What trait did Stein profess to have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the Steins returned to the United States from Europe, Mr. Stein wanted the children to abandon their foreign language skills and focus solely on American English. Why would Stein do this? What are the pros and cons of focusing solely on American English?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Stein is very good at characterization of the main group of visitors to the Paris salon. Choose one of the following characters and explain how the descriptions in the book enhance the reader's image of the character.

1. Pablo Picasso

2. Gertrude Stein

3. Alice B. Toklas

4. Henri Matisse

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