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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to White's letter to Katharine, what is "man's ancient privilege"?
(a) Living a thought-provoking life.
(b) Living a reasonable life.
(c) Living an organized life.
(d) Living a whimsical life.

2. How long does White live with his parents after returning from his world travels?
(a) Two years.
(b) One year.
(c) One month.
(d) Two months.

3. When does White submit the manuscript for Stuart Little to his agent?
(a) March, 1939.
(b) April, 1940.
(c) June, 1939.
(d) July, 1940.

4. What possible excuse does White provide for the New Yorker's ignorance in his humorous letter of outrage in 1945?
(a) Inexperienced writers.
(b) Lack of editing.
(c) Haste.
(d) Typos.

5. How do Katharine and White communicate while at work?
(a) During office breaks.
(b) The office intercom.
(c) Interoffice memos.
(d) Messages delivered by other people.

6. What event prompts White to write the director of the Bronx Zoo?
(a) A newborn doe getting to its feet.
(b) A newborn tiger running around.
(c) An exotic bird's unique feeding habits.
(d) A lion's exceptionally loud roar.

7. When does White resign from writing for Harper's magazine?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1943.
(c) 1944.
(d) 1942.

8. How long does White tell his friend, Charles Muller, that he can stay away from the farm?
(a) Not more than two weeks.
(b) Not more than five days.
(c) Not more than one week.
(d) Not more than ten days.

9. In his January, 1942 letter to Katharine, how does White describe his meeting with the assembled team in Washington?
(a) Neither oppressive nor bureaucratic.
(b) Oppressive and bureaucratic.
(c) Bureaucratic, but not oppressive.
(d) Oppressive, but not bureaucratic.

10. Which of the following is not included in the list of purchases White reports to his parents in a letter?
(a) A shirt for ninety cents.
(b) Milk for twenty cents.
(c) Boots for five dollars and fifty cents.
(d) Bread for ten cents.

11. What year(s) does White write letters about Katharine's miscarriage and his mother's passing?
(a) 1934 and 1935.
(b) He writes about them both in 1935.
(c) 1935 and 1936.
(d) He writes about them both in 1936.

12. Published in 1934, what is the title of White's third book?
(a) "Every Day is Saturday".
(b) "What if Every Day Was Sunday?".
(c) "What if Every Day Was Saturday?".
(d) "Every Day is Sunday".

13. Which Kentucky newspaper publishes White's sonnet about a race's winning horse?
(a) The Louisville Herald.
(b) The Lexington Sun.
(c) The Louisville Times.
(d) The Lexington Gazette.

14. Where does Katharine travel to in order to get her divorce before marrying White?
(a) Houston.
(b) Sacramento.
(c) Chicago.
(d) Reno.

15. Which one of the following is not included in the description White gives of his wedding?
(a) There was a dog fight.
(b) Nobody threw anything.
(c) Everyone was late.
(d) It was a very nice wedding.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of background did White's mother have?

2. Writing under a nom de plume, what does White express concern over?

3. What does White first submit to the New Yorker?

4. In a newsbreak report to Harold Ross, how long does it take White to locate the paste?

5. When does White begin living with three other Cornell graduates?

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