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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. How long after the wedding do White and Katharine return to their jobs?
(a) The next day.
(b) Two weeks later.
(c) The next week.
(d) Two days later.

2. How does White refer to his work in Washington in a March 2, 1942 letter to John Fleming?
(a) A painful, but important task.
(b) A necessary and rewarding task.
(c) A nearly-impossible task.
(d) An impossible task.

3. What does White write about in a tongue-in-cheek letter to Harold Ross in July, 1945?
(a) Parrots.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Pigeons.
(d) Cats.

4. How much are White and Cushman offered by the Buffalo Times for their daily column?
(a) Four dollars each.
(b) Two dollars each.
(c) One dollar each.
(d) Three dollars each.

5. Which movie character does White write to his brother, Stanley, about in 1937?
(a) Tarzan.
(b) Dick Tracy.
(c) Captain Courageous.
(d) Ziegfeld.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to White's letter to Katharine, what is "man's ancient privilege"?

2. Where were E.B. White's parents born?

3. What comparison does White use to illustrate his opinion of the draft in a 1942 letter to Harold Ross?

4. What issue should people be concerned about, according to White in a 1947 letter to John Wentworth?

5. Where does White travel to after leaving Seattle in 1923?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does White describe kindergarten and high school?

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

6. Who is Alice Burchfield?

7. What impulsive decision does White write to Katharine about in May, 1937?

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

9. Why does White decline a job offer from the Saturday Review?

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

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