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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 idea does White speak against while in Washington?
(a) That writing can be done without research.
(b) That writing can be done under pressure.
(c) That writing can be done without humor.
(d) That writing can be done by committee.

2. According to a 1931 letter to Katharine, how much does White pay for a pair of sandals at Sears Roebuck?
(a) Forty eight cents.
(b) Seventy eight cents.
(c) One dollar and seventy eight cents.
(d) One dollar and forty eight cents.

3. What possible excuse does White provide for the New Yorker's ignorance in his humorous letter of outrage in 1945?
(a) Haste.
(b) Lack of editing.
(c) Inexperienced writers.
(d) Typos.

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

5. When does White submit the manuscript for Stuart Little to his agent?
(a) March, 1939.
(b) July, 1940.
(c) April, 1940.
(d) June, 1939.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does White suggest the Department of Corrections at the New Yorker should be changed to in 1935?

2. Writing under a nom de plume, what does White express concern over?

3. Which Supreme Court Justice does White reference in his letters during his time in Washington?

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

5. When does White begin living with three other Cornell graduates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who is Alice Burchfield?

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

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

9. How does White discover the New Yorker?

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

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