Andrew Wyeth: Autobiography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How much did Wyeth receive for the painting in 1933?

2. The author said that Wyeth was no _________________.

3. Years after the painting of 1933 was completed, Wyeth sold it to buy __________________.

4. What united both Wyeth the man and Wyeth the artist?

5. "Christmas Morning" in 1944 was Wyeth's first painting that concerned ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was James Loper and what is the scene in which he appears in "James Loper" painted in 1952?

2. Why was subject matter most important to Wyeth?

3. How was "Spring Beauty" important in terms of Wyeth's evolving style?

4. How long does Thomas Hoving say it took him to get to know Andrew Wyeth as an artist?

5. What was the significance of "Trodden Weed" and why was the painting so emotional for Wyeth?

6. What does Thomas Hoving say is the common denominator for Wyeth the man and Wyeth the artist?

7. Could Wyeth's style be narrowed down to any one technique?

8. What period was Wyeth in when he painted "Lobster Traps" in 1939?

9. How did Wyeth use light in his paintings?

10. What was the subject matter of the 1940 painting, "Road Cut" and how did his future wife Betsy react to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Helga Testorf. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were some of her negative characteristics? What were her hopes and fears? What were her primary motivations during her life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the cultural climate in America in the mid-20th century and why Wyeth's work did not always meet with overwhelming acceptance. How did the perception of Wyeth's work change as the years passed? What was the reception of Wyeth's work in America? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Andrew Wyeth was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Wyeth's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

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