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

Thomas Hoving
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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 was most important to Wyeth as an artist?

2. What does "Spring Beauty" signify for Wyeth's work?

3. In many ways, Wyeth's paintings were like _________________.

4. "Before Picking" was a painting of ________________.

5. What did Wyeth think that light in a painting could do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Wyeth see as representing all of New England in his painting, "Toll Rope"?

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

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. Why was "Spring Landscape at Kuerners" important in Wyeth's young life?

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

10. According to Thomas Hoving, how does Wyeth show that he struggled uncomfortably with his art?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Nature takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of the depiction of nature in so much of Wyeth's work? How pervasive were the scenarios including nature? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Betsy Wyeth. 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?

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