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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 big event did Dorothy consider to be a dream come true?
(a) She wore her first pair of slacks.
(b) She got a job at Vanity Fair.
(c) She moved in with her sister.
(d) She moved into a boarding house on her own.

2. What was Ernest Hemingway's secret to the craft of writing?
(a) Only work when drunk.
(b) Only work under the influence of elite society.
(c) Work like a dog.
(d) Work when you feel like it.

3. Where did Dorothy move in the beginning of 1923?
(a) New Jersey.
(b) Above the Swiss Alps Restaurant.
(c) Her sister's house.
(d) The Algonquin.

4. Who showered Dorothy with attention when she returned to New York?
(a) The editors at Vanity Fair.
(b) The founders of the Viking Press.
(c) The producers at MGM.
(d) The producers at Fox.

5. What did Dorothy start calling herself after the court case?
(a) A Socialist.
(b) A Communist.
(c) A Democrat.
(d) A Republican.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Dorothy and her siblings feel about their stepmother?

2. What style of writing did Dorothy start to exhibit after 1923?

3. What, during the era of 1922-1923, did Dorothy discover that she found helped her?

4. After Dorothy's play opened, how was Dorothy described?

5. While living at the Algonquin, Dorothy forgot to pay one critical bill -- what was that bill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What writing style did Dorothy use to attract a broader audience?

2. At the beginning of 1925, Dorothy met Seward Collins, who promptly fell in love with her. He was everything Dorothy needed. She didn't see it but her friends did. What about Seward was everything Dorothy needed according to her friends?

3. What happened when Dorothy moved to Vanity Fair and Robert Benchley and Robert Sherwood moved into her office?

4. Why did Dorothy move to Ring Lardner's home? Why didn't it work out?

5. Due to failing health, Robert Benchley was advised to either quit commuting to work and slow down or rent an apartment in the city. Benchley chose to get an apartment in the city and take a roommate. What changed about Benchley's life were significant? How did Dorothy feel about this new phase in Benchley's life?

6. In 1916, Dorothy met Eddie Parker. What happened when Eddie took Dorothy to met his family? What happened after they meet Dorothy?

7. Dorothy's siblings had a profound effect on her and she admired them all in many ways, especially her sister. In what ways did Dorothy look up to Helen? What did this make Dorothy realize about herself?

8. Why was Dorothy and Elmer's play considered a love letter to Robert Benchley?

9. How did Dorothy's new style of writing exemplify her lifestyle?

10. What were some of the reasons Eddie separated from Dorothy?

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