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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 does White first submit to the New Yorker?
(a) Long columns and short items.
(b) Long columns and poetry.
(c) Short items and poetry.
(d) Short items, long columns, and poetry.

2. Where does White travel to after disappearing from the New Yorker?
(a) Vermont.
(b) Maine.
(c) Connecticut.
(d) Rhode Island.

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

4. When does White resign from writing for Harper's magazine?
(a) 1942.
(b) 1944.
(c) 1943.
(d) 1945.

5. Published in 1934, what is the title of White's third book?
(a) "What if Every Day Was Saturday?".
(b) "What if Every Day Was Sunday?".
(c) "Every Day is Sunday".
(d) "Every Day is Saturday".

Short Answer Questions

1. What year does White create the cartoon featuring a caption that references the "most beautiful decision" of his life?

2. Who was White's favorite sibling?

3. How do Katharine and White communicate while at work?

4. Declining an editor position for The Saturday Review, what does White label himself?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens in 1941 that leads to White's work in Washington?

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

6. What happens during White's early New York Times interview?

7. What is the purpose of White's letter to John Wentworth in 1947?

8. How does White describe kindergarten and high school?

9. Who is Alice Burchfield?

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

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