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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Frida use to create the central images of the icy landscape in her diary?
(a) A sponge print.
(b) Ink that seeped through the previous page.
(c) Sauce that must have spilled onto the page.
(d) Blotted lipstick.

2. What does Lowe claim was the guiding principal behind Surrealism?
(a) Rebellion.
(b) Suprise.
(c) Mysticism.
(d) Sadism.

3. Which of the following best describe Frida's feeling for her husband?
(a) Devotion.
(b) Respect.
(c) Anger.
(d) Frustration.

4. How does Lowe describe Kahlo as a reader?
(a) She did not read, but collected and flipped through inumerable art books.
(b) She was a "voracious" reader.
(c) She was an "average reader," but enjoyed learning from other sources as well.
(d) She was more interested in learning from experts than reading.

5. What exercise does Frida do with colored pencils in the Diary?
(a) She creates a unique doodle with each color.
(b) She free associates with each color.
(c) She creates patterns with each color.
(d) She compares her use of the color with that of an artist friend.

Short Answer Questions

1. Before the Mexican Revolution, what culture does Fuentes write influenced Mexico and Latin America?

2. What writing reveals that, as Lowe writes, "Kahlo came to her senses"?

3. What does Lowe claims motivate Kahlo's writing the Diary?

4. Which of the following best describe Lowe's tone in her writing about Kahlo?

5. Which best describes how Fuentes characterizes Frida's speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. Frida labels an image "I am DISINTEGRATION." What is happening in that image?

2. What sentiments does Frida express in the first letter to Diego Rivera included in the Diary?

3. How does Lowe compare Kahlo's diary with "diarists, both men and women [who] have chronicled their lives framed by their times or by particular historical events"?

4. What are some of the external sources that Fuentes finds for Kahlo's art?

5. What device does Lowe claim that Frida frequently uses? (She uses this for human forms, roots, and other organic figures.)

6. In what ways does Fuentes describe Mexico City of Frida's time as different from Mexico City today?

7. What does Kahlo connect to ink, and why does Lowe write that this is illuminating "with respect to her own creativity"?

8. Why does Frida claim she was born in 1910?

9. In Frida's first string of words, which one is the one that Lowe singles out as the only word with a specific reference?

10. What does Frida write about giving birth?

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