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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 question does White tell Thurber he would like to ask President Roosevelt?
(a) "What's the Joke?"
(b) "Where's the Humor?"
(c) "What's with the Laughter?"
(d) "What's So Funny?"

2. According to White's letter to Katharine, what is "man's ancient privilege"?
(a) Living a whimsical life.
(b) Living a reasonable life.
(c) Living a thought-provoking life.
(d) Living an organized life.

3. What reminder does White make about the agreement with communism?
(a) It is illegal.
(b) It should be illegal.
(c) It is not illegal.
(d) It should be ignored.

4. In what musical instrument did White's father specialize?
(a) Piano.
(b) Violin.
(c) Guitar.
(d) Drums.

5. Where were E.B. White's parents born?
(a) Brooklyn, NY.
(b) Queens, NY.
(c) Mount Vernon, NY.
(d) New York, NY.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of background did White's mother have?

2. What intrigued White about the girls in high school?

3. How long after the wedding do White and Katharine return to their jobs?

4. How long does White live with his parents after returning from his world travels?

5. Following the death of Katharine's father, where do the Whites vacation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does White begin writing for the New Yorker, and what does he do once his position becomes permanent?

2. What does White do after he returns from his road trip?

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

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

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

6. How does White return to the New Yorker and what embarrassing situation does he encounter there?

7. How does White describe kindergarten and high school?

8. What is "One Man's Meat"

9. What causes White to write a seething letter to the New York Herald Tribune?

10. How do White and Katharine handle their careers when they are first married?

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