Edie, an American Biography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jean Stein
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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. Who was Jane Wilson?

2. What artistic vocation did Francis Sedgwick devote himself to?

3. Which of the following was a sign that life had changed for the Sedgwicks when they moved to their third home in California?

4. How did Saucie feel about Edie?

5. What is Silver Hill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What troubles did Edie's brother Minty have in his short life?

2. In the book, what do the Sedgwick children share about their father's infidelities?

3. What are Saucie's memories of living in the family's Goleta ranch?

4. How did the Sedgwick-Minturn legacy begin?

5. What does the author describe as Judge Theodore Sedgwick's accomplishments?

6. What does Stein begin book her book, Edie: An American Biography by describing to the reader?

7. What does Saucie recall about her rebelliousness as a young woman?

8. What is said about Francis's desire to be a father?

9. Why is it important for the reader to know about Edie Sedgwick's family?

10. What is the intended purpose of the circular burial of Sedgwicks around Judge's Theodore Sedgwick's tomb?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Edie's time at The Factory. What was The Factory? What sorts of things took place there? How did it affect Edie's life? Was it a positive or negative influence?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Edie's time at Cambridge and Harvard. What events and experiences did Edie encounter, and how did this time in her life shape her future? What did Edie discover during this time period? Describe Edie's behavior and state of mind at this point in her life.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Edie's turn as an actress. What films did she appear in, and how were these films received? Was she a talented actress? Did she take her acting seriously? Describe her experience while filming Ciao! Manhattan.

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