Edie, an American Biography 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. What were the group of gays Edie fell in with at Harvard referred to as?

2. How does Jane describe Edie as a little girl?

3. Who encouraged Francis Sedgwick to develop his artistic side?

4. While staying at Bloomingdale hospital, what did Edie do while out on a visitor's pass?

5. What did Edie intend to study in Cambridge when she moved there in 1963?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Francis feel about serving in the military during World War II?

2. How did Francis Sedgwick develop an interest in art?

3. What impression does Jane Wilson share about Edie as a child?

4. Where did Judge Theodore Sedgwick's family settle?

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

6. Describe "Bobbo" Sedgwick.

7. How many siblings did Edie Sedgwick have?

8. Who did Edie keep in her company when she moved to Cambridge in 1963?

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

10. What reason is given for the number of children Francis and Alice had together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss homosexuality as it is portrayed in Edie, An American Biography. Describe Edie's personal experiences with homosexuality, including her brothers' struggle with their father over his own homosexuality.

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