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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 activities is White's son enjoying at Cornell?
(a) Soccer and naval architecture.
(b) Football and archery.
(c) Football and naval architecture.
(d) Soccer and archery.

2. With which faculty member(s) does White eventually write "The Elements of Style"?
(a) Martin Sampson.
(b) Bristow Adams and Martin Sampson.
(c) William Strunk.
(d) Bristow Adams and William Strunk.

3. Which one of the following is not a type of Hollywood tree that White includes in his letter to Stanley?
(a) All-purpose tree.
(b) Willow tree.
(c) Rope ladder tree.
(d) Hollow tree.

4. How does White describe himself as a child?
(a) Nervous, but not fretful.
(b) Fretful, but not nervous.
(c) Neither nervous nor fretful.
(d) Nervous and fretful.

5. How does White describe the perception of him at the New Yorker office in July, 1931?
(a) A returning vacationist.
(b) An unapologetic vacationist.
(c) An unpredictable vacationist.
(d) A perpetual vacationist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does White wait for Alice during a missed opportunity to see her?

2. What reminder does White make about the agreement with communism?

3. For which newspaper is White a campus reporter?

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

5. In which hospital is White staying when he writes to his friend, Jim Wright?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What description does White provide of his wedding?

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

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

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

6. How does White return to the New Yorker and what embarrassing situation does he encounter there?

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

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

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

10. How does White discuss his interest in movies with Stanley in a March, 1937 letter?

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