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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. After the affair, how did Alex feel?

2. How did Diane's mother make their home difficult?

3. Diane and her friends were all raised like Jewish ______.

4. Why did Anne and Alex divorce?

5. Diane is described as being a _______ housewife.

Short Essay Questions

1. Was Diane remorseful of her affair with Alex? Why or why not?

2. How did Grosz work influence Diane?

3. How did Alex's role in Diane's life affect her relationship with Allan?

4. Why was Diane chosen for the "New York" issue of Esquire? Was this appropriate for her style?

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

6. Did Diane's "tying things up" before her death benefit her friends? Why or why not?

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

8. Why was Diane jealous of Jane?

9. Why, in the early fifties, was it more difficult for Diane to have her work published? Why were magazines more attracted to her work later?

10. Was Israel an appropriate mentor for Diane? Why did they develop a relationship?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss what portrait of the 60's Diane painted in her photography. What was she attempting to show?

Essay Topic 2

Diane's work maintained its value because Doon decided to carefully control the distribution of her work. Diane was able to receive acclaim during her life by giving control of her artistic endeavors to Marvin Israel. Discuss the positives and negatives of Diane relinquishing control to others.

Essay Topic 3

Diane experiences some success during her life, but she achieved true fame after her death. In that way, she is similar to other artists. However, Diane revolutionized her genre, making her even more relevant to art. Discuss how Diane came to be successful in her life and famous after her death. What did Diane herself and the standards of the time influence how she was received?

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