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. What piece of furniture is featured in "Front Room" in 1946?

2. "Hoffman's Slough" in 1947 rose from an idea after seeing _________________ in Maine.

3. What is the name of the 1950 painting of a grave digger?

4. What did Wyeth often do with his paintings?

5. In the painting, "James Loper," Loper holds a horse harness belt and a _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Wyeth unite the paintings "Before Picking" and "After Picking"?

2. Why was "Pennsylvania Landscape" so exciting for Wyeth?

3. Why was subject matter most important to Wyeth?

4. What was atypical for Wyeth's source of inspiration for the 1953 painting, "Cooling Shed"?

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

6. How does Hoving describe Wyeth's work in terms of its romantic qualities?

7. What was significant about Wyeth's painting, "Christmas Morning"?

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

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

10. What is the inherent danger when deep emotional and personal associations are used in artistic creations?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Christina Olson. 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

Explain the impact that Wyeth's childhood had on him as an adult. What did it mean to be the son of a famous artist? What stigmas did Wyeth live with for his entire life? How did Wyeth use his childhood experiences to help in the creation of his life's work?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of the power of nature is an important one in Wyeth's work. Describe how it extends through setting, subjects, technique, etc. and provide examples for each.

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