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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does White travel to after leaving Seattle in 1923?
(a) Antarctica.
(b) Oklahoma.
(c) Texas.
(d) Alaska.

2. According to White's second rebuttal to the New York Herald Tribune, what is the best way to preserve American freedoms?
(a) To battle opposing points of view through the law.
(b) To understand opposing points of view.
(c) To extend the freedoms to everyone.
(d) To extend the freedoms to those who do not wish to hurt the country.

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

4. Which one of White's books is co-authored by Katharine?
(a) "A Subtreasury of American Humor".
(b) "Charlotte's Web".
(c) "The Elements of Style".
(d) "The Trumpet of the Swan".

5. How does White describe himself as a child?
(a) Nervous, but not fretful.
(b) Nervous and fretful.
(c) Neither nervous nor fretful.
(d) Fretful, but not nervous.

6. How does White describe the perception of him at the New Yorker office in July, 1931?
(a) A returning vacationist.
(b) An unpredictable vacationist.
(c) A perpetual vacationist.
(d) An unapologetic vacationist.

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

8. What job does Katharine Angell, White's future wife, have with the New Yorker when he begins writing there?
(a) News editor.
(b) Features editor.
(c) Fiction editor.
(d) Poetry editor.

9. When does White write to Katharine about his separation from the New Yorker?
(a) July, 1938.
(b) May, 1938.
(c) July, 1937.
(d) May, 1937.

10. According to a 1931 letter to Katharine, how much does White pay for a pair of sandals at Sears Roebuck?
(a) Forty eight cents.
(b) One dollar and forty eight cents.
(c) One dollar and seventy eight cents.
(d) Seventy eight cents.

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

12. What label does the New York Herald Tribune give to White while responding to his criticism of their editorial?
(a) A controversial element of society.
(b) A questionable element of society.
(c) A dangerous element of society.
(d) A naive element of society.

13. What car do White and Howard Cushman use to travel around the country?
(a) Oldsmobile.
(b) Mercer Raceabout.
(c) Model T Roadster.
(d) Studebaker.

14. 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 a whimsical life.
(d) Living an organized life.

15. How does the New York Herald Tribune refer to White in their response to his criticism?
(a) A committee of ignorance.
(b) A committee of few.
(c) A committee of one.
(d) A committee of misinformation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What phrase does White use to describe the office he and James Thurber share?

2. What job does White have while living with his parents in New York?

3. What comparison does White use to illustrate his opinion of the draft in a 1942 letter to Harold Ross?

4. What does White write about in a tongue-in-cheek letter to Harold Ross in July, 1945?

5. Where does White first notice the New Yorker magazine?

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