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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many major surgeries does Katharine have between 1966 and 1970?
(a) Five.
(b) Seven.
(c) Eleven.
(d) Nine.

2. When does a new printing for "Charlotte's Web" begin?
(a) After 100,000 copies are sold.
(b) After 75,000 copies are sold.
(c) After 50,000 copies are sold.
(d) After 25,000 copies are sold.

3. According to his humorous memo to Ross, at which symposium did White decline to speak?
(a) The Museum of Automotive Design.
(b) The Museum of Modern Art.
(c) The Antique Automobiles Show.
(d) The Museum of Art and Design.

4. Which John Steinbeck book was the result of an assignment for Holiday magazine that White could not complete?
(a) "East of Eden".
(b) "Of Mice and Men".
(c) "Travels with Charley".
(d) "The Grapes of Wrath".

5. Which one of the following is not included in the advice White gives to fourth-graders in Columbus, Ohio about how to write a book?
(a) Think of a subject and begin.
(b) Set aside several days for the writing process.
(c) The writer has to keep going until the end.
(d) One has to want to write a book.

6. In a May, 1952 letter, how does White describe the goose on the cover of "Charlotte's Web"?
(a) Suspiciously serpentine.
(b) Uncharacteristically bird-like.
(c) Suspiciously sad.
(d) Uncharacteristically excited.

7. What version of White's remembrance of Strunk is used in the final copy of "The Elements of Style"?
(a) An expanded and revised version.
(b) The same version.
(c) An edited and shortened version.
(d) The same version with notes included at the end of the text.

8. What type of people did Ross hire when starting the New Yorker, according to White?
(a) Talented and experienced.
(b) Talented if inexperienced.
(c) Motivated if inexperienced.
(d) Unmotivated and inexperienced.

9. In White's opinion, how different is the New Yorker in the 1950s?
(a) No different than it was in the 1920s.
(b) Moderately different than it was in the 1920s.
(c) Completely different than it was in the 1920s.
(d) Slightly different than it was in the 1920s.

10. Of which upcoming fiction writer are the Whites fans?
(a) Ian Fleming.
(b) Harper Lee.
(c) John Updike.
(d) William Faulkner.

11. Who first sends White a copy of Strunk's textbook about English usage and style?
(a) Strunk.
(b) A relative.
(c) A friend from Cornell.
(d) The editors of the book.

12. How long were Katharine and E.B. White married?
(a) Forty four years.
(b) Forty five years.
(c) Forty eight years.
(d) Forty six years.

13. What trouble does White mention he has when writing, due to his impaired vision?
(a) Brainstorming.
(b) Rewriting.
(c) Writing fast.
(d) Proofreading.

14. How many copies of "The Elements of Style" have been sold?
(a) Eight million copies.
(b) More than ten million copies.
(c) Four million copies.
(d) Ten million copies.

15. What is the main reason why White is still at the New Yorker in 1956?
(a) Because of the income he is generating.
(b) Because Katharine is there.
(c) Because he enjoys the work.
(d) Because of the death of Gus Lobrano.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which newspaper does White write to in protest about their profile of New Yorker editor, William Shawn?

2. When does White write to his agent about his reservations of a Czech producer's plans for a movie about "Charlotte's Web"?

3. Who writes the score for the children's concert of "The Trumpet of the Swan".

4. What examples does White include in a memo as entrances that would infuriate people if they were the same height as a taxi cab door?

5. Why is Katharine hospitalized in 1952?

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