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

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

3. The door in "Blue Door" in 1952 is at whose home?

4. Which of the following is NOT included with the descriptions of the paintings in this book?

5. What did Wyeth enjoy in "Toll Rope"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did Wyeth use light in his paintings?

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

7. Why was subject matter most important to Wyeth?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is said that a writer writes what he knows and an artist creates what he knows. What does this statement mean? Did Wyeth create what he knew? Give three examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Andrew Wyeth was not always happy with the work he created. Name two examples of paintings that were not Wyeth's favorites and explain why he might have been disappointed with them.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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