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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1956, why is Katharine still at the New Yorker?
(a) Because of the death of Gus Lobrano.
(b) Because White is there.
(c) Because of the income she is generating.
(d) Because she enjoys the work.

2. What newspaper does White write to in order to correct an editorial that attributes Thurber's fame to him?
(a) The Seattle Times.
(b) The Washington Post.
(c) The Chicago Tribune.
(d) The New York Times.

3. When does White write a letter to his stepson, Roger, and his wife, Carol?
(a) 1966.
(b) 1967.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1968.

4. When does White respond to a letter by Cathy Durham?
(a) September, 1962.
(b) February, 1962.
(c) July, 1961.
(d) March, 1961.

5. Who does the drawings for "Charlotte's Web"?
(a) Sharon Kane.
(b) Corinne Malvern.
(c) Mel Crawford.
(d) Garth Williams.

6. How long does White carefully study the screenplay for "Charlotte's Web" before returning it to his agent with his annotations?
(a) Two months.
(b) One week.
(c) One month.
(d) Two weeks.

7. How many proposals does White have to make a movie of "Charlotte's Web"?
(a) Hundreds.
(b) A few.
(c) Several.
(d) None.

8. What does White write to his granddaughter about journalism?
(a) It is where he feels the most comfortable.
(b) It is the basis for all of his books.
(c) It is the foundation for most of his books.
(d) It is where he feels the least comfortable.

9. When does White write to President Nixon?
(a) September, 1970.
(b) September, 1969.
(c) July, 1970.
(d) July, 1969.

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

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

12. 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, closets, and garages.
(d) Bars, subways, and garages.

13. Why does White initially think his biography should be shorter?
(a) He thinks the book will be more exciting.
(b) He thinks his life is not that interesting.
(c) He thinks the stories will have more impact.
(d) He thinks it will be easier to understand.

14. When does Katharine pass away?
(a) July, 1977.
(b) November, 1978.
(c) November, 1977.
(d) July, 1978.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Dirksen amendment involve?

2. What town's fifth grade students receive a letter from White, answering their questions about "Charlotte's Web"?

3. 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?

4. When does White learn about the death of James Thurber?

5. Where does White first publish his remembrance of Strunk?

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