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 did Dorothy move in with for the summer of 1925?

2. What was the name of Dorothy's story that she wrote after her suicide attempt of 1926?

3. What was Ernest Hemingway's secret to the craft of writing?

4. How long did Dorothy's play run the first time?

5. Why did Eddie encourage Dorothy's habit?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the deaths of her mother and step-mother effect Dorothy's view of herself and her life?

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. What happened when Dorothy was advised by Dr. Barach to seek sobriety?

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. Dorothy and her sister, Helen, were sent to a parochial school during their father's marriage to their step-mother. For what reasons was it a trying time for Dorothy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Dorothy's draw to canines was a lifelong need. What about having dogs was so important to Dorothy? What need did she try to fulfill by having at least one dog as a companion at all times?

Essay Topic 3

Dorothy's life was one of high society parties, drinking and promiscuity, yet Dorothy had no sense of how to manage her money. How did these two aspects of her life not connect? Did Dorothy's lack of domestication play a role in her lack of responsibility? What did she feel will make up for her lack of responsibility?

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