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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 is Jaqueline Lamba?

2. Who is Xipe Totec?

3. In Frida's "portrait of Nefertidos," which cultures does Frida combine?

4. How does Lowe write that Frida's understanding of Communism changes?

5. What aspect of Rembrandt and Van Gogh's work does Lowe compare to Kahlo's?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways does Fuentes write that Kahlo mirrors the Revolution in her art?

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

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

4. How does Lowe describe Frida's relationship with Surrealism?

5. 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"?

6. What is automatic drawing?

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. Who does Kahlo write a "melancholy" letter to in her Diary?

10. How does Sarah M. Lowe describe Frida's intentions in creating her Diary? Given Frida's intentions, how does she understand the "act" of reading the Diary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For Carlos Fuentes, Frida has three principal external sources -- her father, Guillermo Kahlo, and his photographic work, Mexican retablos, and the work of Jose Guadalupe Posadas. While these are important sources, he writes "she is capable of coming back to her original sources and transforming them." Which of these influences do you believe are the most important in her work? What influences can you find in the pages that she created in her own diary?

Essay Topic 2

Lowe writes that Frida's self-portraits could express universal emotion. She may be referring to Frida's more formal paintings. In what way do the images in Frida's Diary support or negate this point? Should these be considered art? Are they what Fuentes would call "good art"? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Fuentes writes that Frida's physical pain mirrors the traumas of the Mexican nation. Lowe writes that despite the pain that is evident in her diary, her humor and "alegria" show through. What role do you think Frida's pain plays in her Diary? What is the role of pain in her context? Do you think that her pain has anything to do with her country? Her time? What role do you think it plays in her work as a whole? How do you think it has affected acceptance for, or interest in, her work?

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