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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. By the late '60s he creates rooms devoid of what?
(a) Objects.
(b) Texture.
(c) Color.
(d) Light.

2. Although Irwin is not a good student, he is welcome where?
(a) In the principal's office.
(b) In many social cliques.
(c) In art class.
(d) In the autobody class.

3. As more of Irwin's works go on display and are sold, what happens to Irwin?
(a) The more confident he becomes in terms of being an artist.
(b) The wealthier and happier he becomes.
(c) The more remote he becomes to them and the less interest they engender in him.
(d) The more anxious he becomes.

4. Irwin feels he got his drive to accomplish from whom?
(a) His father.
(b) His uncle.
(c) His grandmother.
(d) His mother.

5. How does Robert react when some of his work is actually destroyed by viewers at his displays?
(a) He does not mourn the loss.
(b) He becomes very angry.
(c) He sues.
(d) He falls into a depression.

6. A second way Irwin deals with imperfect edges is to do what to the canvas?
(a) Cut the canvas in a circular form.
(b) Balloon it out a few inches at the center.
(c) Extend the canvas completely from one wall to another.
(d) Make the canvas concave at the center.

7. Irwin displays his line drawings at Ferus and at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York. He attempts to adjust what to duplicate the conditions of his studio?
(a) The lighting in the room.
(b) The light and room color and configuration.
(c) The sounds in the room.
(d) The room temperature.

8. Due to his school's proximity to what, Irwin becomes interested in gambling?
(a) Casino Knights.
(b) The Hollywood Casino.
(c) Commerce Casino.
(d) The Hollywood Park Race Track.

9. To Irwin and his young male friends, what is the most important thing in life?
(a) Their cars.
(b) Girls.
(c) Music.
(d) School.

10. Both parents found Robert a ______ to raise.
(a) Problem.
(b) Joy.
(c) Nuisance.
(d) Simple child.

11. Although there was an innate pride in his son's modern art, Overton____________ it less than his wife.
(a) Appreciated.
(b) Wanted to see.
(c) Understood.
(d) Liked.

12. To the entrepreneur, Irwin is exceptional and thus was able to do what?
(a) Flourish in LA.
(b) Move to New York and be successful.
(c) Flourish in LA and indeed anywhere.
(d) Be successful in Europe.

13. There was only one commonality between father and son and that was what?
(a) Love of art.
(b) Love of music.
(c) Love of work.
(d) Love of sports.

14. His dissatisfaction compels him to begin an association with what Gallery, which fostered the coming of age of the modernist artist in LA in the sixties?
(a) Papillon Gallery.
(b) DF2 Gallery.
(c) The Ferus Gallery.
(d) Subliminal Projects Gallery.

15. It was in whose honor that Irwin wrote the unproduced screenplay The Green and the White?
(a) Joan Tisch.
(b) Joan Tipograph.
(c) Joan Tewkesbury.
(d) Joan Templeman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What seems to stand out as having the most war-time relevancy to Robert's young life?

2. As a young teen who loves music, Irwin teaches himself to do what?

3. In Goldie's latter years, after Irwin becomes a successful artist, she has a difficult time explaining to her friends that her son is an artist, but not a ___________ artist.

4. Irwin's views on feminism and race relations were always what?

5. Blum regrets that some of the gallery's artists fail to move _______________ where they could be successful.

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