Diane Arbus: A Biography Short Essay - Answer Key

Patricia Bosworth
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Did the Russek family achieve the American dream? How?

The Russek family is a classic example of achieving the American dream. As immigrants from Poland, the brothers started out with nothing; but, through running a small time bookie business, they were able to save enough money to open a successful fur boutique and become very wealthy New Yorkers.

2. How were Diane and Howard inclined toward art? Who encouraged this?

Diane and Howard, being inseparable as children, both were intellectual and studious. However, their father realized they were more creative than practical. Their parents were very supportive of their endeavors and financed their educations at schools that best reflected their attitudes.

3. From her schooling at the Ethical Culture School, what were the philosophies that Diane was raised on?

At the Ethical Culture School, Diane was raised on the philosophy of "deed, not creed." This means living life through what you do, not what you claim.

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