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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. Where is the Whites' farm located?
(a) Naskeag, ME.
(b) Sunshine, ME.
(c) Sedgwick, ME.
(d) Brooklin, ME.

2. In his January, 1942 letter to Katharine, how does White describe his meeting with the assembled team in Washington?
(a) Bureaucratic, but not oppressive.
(b) Oppressive, but not bureaucratic.
(c) Oppressive and bureaucratic.
(d) Neither oppressive nor bureaucratic.

3. Declining an editor position for The Saturday Review, what does White label himself?
(a) A literary aficionado.
(b) A literary defective.
(c) A careful author.
(d) A selective author.

4. What does White expect the project in Washington to be?
(a) A short project.
(b) A patriotic project.
(c) A long project.
(d) A worthwhile project.

5. What comparison does White use to illustrate his opinion of the draft in a 1942 letter to Harold Ross?
(a) The entertainment industry.
(b) The medical profession.
(c) The labor unions.
(d) The legal profession.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was White's grandfather well known for?

2. How does White describe himself as a child?

3. When is White's son, Joel, born?

4. How many children did White's parents have?

5. In what musical instrument did White's father specialize?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does White show Katharine her importance in his life?

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. As provided in his letters, what are some of White's opinions of the war and drafting?

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

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

7. How does White discover the New Yorker?

8. Why does Katharine hesitate before agreeing to marry White?

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

10. What is the New York Herald Tribune's response to White's letter, and how does he reply?

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