The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-portrait Test | Final 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. Who does Frida claim was her best example of tenderness as a youth?

2. What does Frida write is "the only true reason to live for"?

3. Who does Frida write that she is working on a painting for?

4. What does Lowe write that Frida's "primative, ancient animal" creation recalls?

5. Which two political systems does Lowe note that Frida pairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Frida draw her right foot?

2. How does Frida remember Isabel Villasenor?

3. What does Frida write about the painter Hieronymus Bosh?

4. How does Frida place herself in a pre-Columbian setting?

5. What anniversary does Frida mark with a diary entry?

6. How does Frida alter an erotic photo of a woman?

7. What childhood memory does Frida describe, and could be seen as the origins of The Two Fridas?

8. What does Frida pair with Communist symbols?

9. What interest does Frida show in art technique and tradition?

10. How does Frida describe the United States and England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Frida paints her dog, Mr. Xolotl, deer, and other animals in the Diary. What can be said of her depictions of animals? What can be said of her relationship with animals in general? How does this relationship compare with her relationship with other people?

Essay Topic 2

According to the Introductions by Fuentes and Lowe, Frida and Diego's relationship was complex. They both had affairs. They divorced. They remarried. Is there any evidence in Frida's own writing that the relationship was less than ideal? What evidence does she offer about her married life? How do you believe that this shaped her life and her art?

Essay Topic 3

Lowe compares the reception of Frida's self-portraits (sometimes thought "excessively personal and self-referential") to those of Rembrant and VanGogh (who, she claims, express sentiments "considered applicable to all of 'mankind'"). Explain whether or not you believe that Frida's artistic expression is something that could be universally understood.

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