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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Which city's orchestra does White adapt "The Trumpet of the Swan" for?
(a) Lancaster.
(b) Allentown.
(c) Pittsburgh.
(d) Philadelphia.

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

6. In a letter to his brother, Stanley, what does White fear the surgeons will find in his abdomen during an operation?
(a) Fiddlehead ferns.
(b) Shrimp newburg.
(c) Shad roe.
(d) Ahi Carpaccio.

7. In a memo to Harold Ross, how many inches does White say that the height of taxi cab doors are?
(a) Forty eight inches.
(b) Fifty eight inches.
(c) Twenty eight inches.
(d) Thirty eight inches.

8. How does White explain his fascination with spiders in a letter?
(a) He saw a unique looking spider on his farm.
(b) He had a conversation with one.
(c) He studied them by reading a book about spiders.
(d) He watched one spin a web.

9. In a response to a student's letter, what does White say is the best way to learn about a writer?
(a) To study his life.
(b) To read his words.
(c) To talk to people he knows.
(d) To talk to him.

10. In a letter to Stanley, how often does White say he puts his head in traction?
(a) Ten minutes, once a week.
(b) Five minutes, several times a week.
(c) Five minutes, once a day.
(d) Ten minutes, several times a day.

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

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

13. What does White encourage a college student to get in order to inspire her to write?
(a) An electric typewriter.
(b) A dictionary.
(c) A solid supply of paper.
(d) A wide assortment of pens.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What production company eventually acquires the project of making the "Charlotte's Web" movie?

2. When does White write to President Nixon?

3. According to his humorous memo to Ross, at which symposium did White decline to speak?

4. Which colleges are included in the list that White mentions as receiving portions of Katharine's books?

5. What response does White offer to a confused student at Newton High School?

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