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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 was the main problem with Dorothy's submissions to The New Yorker?
(a) They were written while under the influence of drugs and alcohol and are incriminating.
(b) They were written with a pseudonym.
(c) They were published without her knowledge.
(d) She doesn't get paid.

2. What style of writing did Dorothy start to exhibit after 1923?
(a) Modern.
(b) Victorian.
(c) Editorial.
(d) The Iceberg Theory.

3. While living at the Algonquin, Dorothy forgot to pay one critical bill -- what was that bill?
(a) Her food bill.
(b) Her electricity bill.
(c) Her room bill.
(d) Her water bill.

4. How did Dorothy make it through the holidays of 1922?
(a) She went to a seaside resort.
(b) She drank so much she wound up in the hospital.
(c) She went to visit her sister.
(d) She obsessively contemplated suicide.

5. Who was the "unfortunate soul" that fell in love with Dorothy?
(a) Robert Sherwood.
(b) Robert Benchley.
(c) Seward Collins.
(d) Elmer Rice.

Short Answer Questions

1. What vice of Dorothy's did Dr. Barach focus his efforts on curing?

2. When Dorothy wrote in Paris, who did she write about and why?

3. When Henry, Dorothy's father, remarried, what happened to Dorothy and her sister?

4. Whose court case did Dorothy get involved with that started her interest in being involved in a cause?

5. What happened to Collins after he and Dorothy ended their relationship?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Dorothy was 11, she read Vanity Fair and found herself connecting with Becky Sharp, the book's anti-heroine. How did Dorothy's choice of role model effect her life?

4. What did Dorothy involve herself in that radicalized her?

5. During 1914, Dorothy found herself on a new path in life with a job and living on her own in a boarding house. She didn't possess the common personality traits that most girls her age possess, how did this help her in getting what she wanted during her new life? What did she do that exemplified those traits?

6. While living with Deems Taylor, Dorothy ran into Charles MacArthur. The meeting started out well then turned into an argument. What kind of an effect did this argument have on Dorothy?

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

8. Shortly after Eddie and Dorothy were married, Eddie enlists in the service. How does this effect her?

9. What trait did Dorothy discover and master during 1924 that was a result of her time with Maggie Swope?

10. What about the Round Tablers did Dr. Barach not approve of? What did Dr. Barach suggest that Dorothy agreed with?

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