Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? Test | Mid-Book 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 was Dorothy's editor at Vogue?

2. What pet project did Dorothy's colleagues, Harold Ross and Jane Grant, worked desperately to get published?

3. Who did Dorothy meet at the Algonquin Hotel that she regarded as a mythical figure?

4. Who did Robert Benchley choose as a roommate when he rented an apartment in the city?

5. Why did Dorothy fear Eddie's family wouldn't like her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Dorothy and the other Round Table members do in the spring of 1922 that was different from their meetings and occasional poker games?

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

4. Dorothy had a large extended family that played a large part in her demeanor and personality. How did she refer to these people?

5. The New Yorker survived it's first year of publication for many reasons. What did Dorothy do to contribute to the magazine? Why was this a problem for Dorothy that she doesn't realize?

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

7. What didn't Dorothy do after her relationship ended with Garrett that she did with her other relationships?

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was the overall theme of Dorothy Parker's life? What about her childhood set the tone for her life and how did she use her childhood experiences as fuel for her writing? Use examples from the book and your own thoughts.

Essay Topic 2

Dorothy didn't possess the same personality traits of the women of her era. What was different about her personality? How did this help her stand out in her career?

Essay Topic 3

Dorothy's friendship with Robert Benchley took on an even stronger stance during 1923 to 1924, what about their friendship was unique? In what ways was their friendship detrimental? In what ways did their friendship have a positive effect on Dorothy's life? What aspects of their friendship were consequential to Benchley's life?

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