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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much consideration does the animation studio give to White's suggestions?
(a) Little.
(b) None.
(c) A lot.
(d) A fair amount.

2. 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) Uncharacteristically excited.
(d) Suspiciously sad.

3. After a series of illnesses, how many months of the year does Katharine arrange to work for the New Yorker?
(a) Twelve months.
(b) Six months.
(c) Nine months.
(d) Three months.

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?
(a) Bars, subways, and closets.
(b) Subways, closets, and garages.
(c) Bars, subways, and garages.
(d) Bars, closets, and garages.

5. What production company eventually acquires the project of making the "Charlotte's Web" movie?
(a) Hanna Barbera.
(b) Walt Disney.
(c) Ruby Spears.
(d) Warner Bros.

6. What is the annual limitation income that White agrees to for tax purposes?
(a) Seventy five hundred dollars.
(b) Eighty five hundred dollars.
(c) Ten thousand dollars.
(d) Twenty thousand dollars.

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

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

9. What book does White negotiate the movie rights for between 1966 and 1970?
(a) "Stuart Little".
(b) "Here is New York".
(c) "The Trumpet of the Swan".
(d) "Charlotte's Web".

10. In another office memo, for which James Thurber story does White offer his comments?
(a) The Sixteen Clocks.
(b) The Thirteen Clocks.
(c) The Sixteen Doors.
(d) The Thirteen Doors.

11. What does White state in the official "letter from the author" that a child receives when writing to him?
(a) That he always dreamed of writing to an author.
(b) That children should read more books.
(c) That children have always been fans of literature.
(d) That he never dreamed of writing to an author.

12. How does Cathy Durham's librarian respond to White's letter to Cathy?
(a) She is amused.
(b) She is confused.
(c) She is offended.
(d) She is appreciative.

13. In a letter to Robert Coates, what does White say he used to facilitate his recovery of swollen throat muscles?
(a) Club soda.
(b) Whiskey.
(c) Gingerale.
(d) Gin.

14. In a letter to Howard Cushman, what request does White have about trumpeter swans?
(a) Only information.
(b) Only photos.
(c) Photos and information.
(d) Neither photos nor information.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long were Katharine and E.B. White married?

2. What newspaper does White write to in order to correct an editorial that attributes Thurber's fame to him?

3. As he explains to his stepson, why is White not writing?

4. What is the subject of Sam Beaver's poem included in the children's concert of "The Trumpet of the Swan"?

5. When does E.B. White pass away?

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