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

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

3. What activity did Matisse perform every afternoon?

4. Alice describes her Saturday evenings in Paris to what object?

5. Where did Matisse buy a house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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