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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which movie character does White write to his brother, Stanley, about in 1937?
(a) Captain Courageous.
(b) Ziegfeld.
(c) Tarzan.
(d) Dick Tracy.

2. In what musical instrument did White's father specialize?
(a) Guitar.
(b) Piano.
(c) Violin.
(d) Drums.

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

4. How much is White paid for his column, "One Man's Meat", for Harper's Magazine?
(a) Five hundred dollars per month.
(b) Three hundred dollars per week.
(c) Five hundred dollars per week.
(d) Three hundred dollars per month.

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

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

7. In a newsbreak report to Harold Ross, how long does it take White to locate the paste?
(a) Two minutes.
(b) Four minutes.
(c) Six minutes.
(d) Eight minutes.

8. How does White categorize his debate with the New York Herald Tribune?
(a) Pointless.
(b) Astonishing.
(c) Confusing.
(d) Ridiculous.

9. Writing under a nom de plume, what does White express concern over?
(a) The disappearance of the American touring car.
(b) The changes in the design of sailing boats.
(c) The excessive number of movie critics.
(d) The lack of quality news stories.

10. How does White refer to his work in Washington in a March 2, 1942 letter to John Fleming?
(a) A nearly-impossible task.
(b) A painful, but important task.
(c) A necessary and rewarding task.
(d) An impossible task.

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

12. What section of the American freedoms pamphlet is White originally hired to write, before being asked to rewrite the entire document?
(a) The section on the Pursuit of Happiness.
(b) The section on Freedom of the Press.
(c) The section on Freedom of Speech.
(d) The section on the Right to Bear Arms.

13. What is the mood of White's January 8, 1938 letter to James Thurber?
(a) Indifferent.
(b) Depressed.
(c) Excited.
(d) Inspired.

14. How many children did White's parents have?
(a) Three.
(b) Seven.
(c) Nine.
(d) Five.

15. What is on the cover of the first New Yorker magazine that White sees?
(a) The New York City skyline.
(b) Eustace Tilley.
(c) A queen.
(d) Dancers.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many freedoms are included in the pamphlet that the Office of Facts and Figures hires White to work on in 1941?

2. Where were E.B. White's parents born?

3. According to White's letter to Katharine, what is "man's ancient privilege"?

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

5. How much are White and Cushman offered by the Buffalo Times for their daily column?

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