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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What year(s) does White write letters about Katharine's miscarriage and his mother's passing?
(a) He writes about them both in 1935.
(b) He writes about them both in 1936.
(c) 1935 and 1936.
(d) 1934 and 1935.

2. Where does White travel to after leaving Seattle in 1923?
(a) Oklahoma.
(b) Texas.
(c) Alaska.
(d) Antarctica.

3. When does White write to Katharine about his separation from the New Yorker?
(a) July, 1937.
(b) July, 1938.
(c) May, 1938.
(d) May, 1937.

4. Who was White's favorite sibling?
(a) Stanley.
(b) Lillian.
(c) Marion.
(d) Clara.

5. Following the death of Katharine's father, where do the Whites vacation?
(a) Bahamas.
(b) Bermuda.
(c) California.
(d) Florida.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does White travel to after disappearing from the New Yorker?

2. Published in 1934, what is the title of White's third book?

3. Where has White's brother, Stanley, moved to in order to work as a landscape architect?

4. Where does White first notice the New Yorker magazine?

5. How many children does Katharine have when she and White are married?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unscheduled vacation does White take from the New Yorker and how does he inform them of his absence?

2. Why did White first begin writing during his childhood?

3. What is the purpose of White's trip with Howard Cushman, and where do they go?

4. How does White gain confidence as a writer while in college, and what acquaintances does he make there?

5. What suggestions does White have for the New Yorker between 1932 and 1935?

6. What is the topic of the humorous letter of outrage that White sends to Harold Ross in July, 1945?

7. How does White describe kindergarten and high school?

8. Why does White write to Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and the director of the Bronx Zoo respectively?

9. Where were White's parents from and what is their background?

10. What complications does Katharine have while giving birth to their son in 1931?

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