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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. When does White write to Katharine about his separation from the New Yorker?
(a) May, 1937.
(b) July, 1937.
(c) May, 1938.
(d) July, 1938.

2. According to White's second rebuttal to the New York Herald Tribune, what is the best way to preserve American freedoms?
(a) To extend the freedoms to everyone.
(b) To understand opposing points of view.
(c) To extend the freedoms to those who do not wish to hurt the country.
(d) To battle opposing points of view through the law.

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

4. At what age did White begin to develop his writing style?
(a) Ten.
(b) Eight.
(c) Fourteen.
(d) Twelve.

5. What does White suggest the Department of Corrections at the New Yorker should be changed to in 1935?
(a) "Corrected We Stand".
(b) "Our Standing Corrections".
(c) "We Stand Corrected".
(d) "All Standing Corrections".

Short Answer Questions

1. What possible excuse does White provide for the New Yorker's ignorance in his humorous letter of outrage in 1945?

2. With which faculty member(s) does White eventually write "The Elements of Style"?

3. What label does the New York Herald Tribune give to White while responding to his criticism of their editorial?

4. What are the sales of White's book, Stuart Little, in 1946?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "One Man's Meat"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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