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

2. How does the New York Herald Tribune refer to White in their response to his criticism?
(a) A committee of one.
(b) A committee of few.
(c) A committee of misinformation.
(d) A committee of ignorance.

3. Where does White travel to after leaving Seattle in 1923?
(a) Antarctica.
(b) Oklahoma.
(c) Alaska.
(d) Texas.

4. What section of the American freedoms pamphlet is White originally hired to write, before being asked to rewrite the entire document?
(a) The section on Freedom of the Press.
(b) The section on the Pursuit of Happiness.
(c) The section on the Right to Bear Arms.
(d) The section on Freedom of Speech.

5. How much bed rest does Katharine have while recovering from an illness after the birth of their son?
(a) One month.
(b) Six weeks.
(c) Six months.
(d) One week.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What case does White reference in a letter to the New York Herald Tribune?

3. What job does Katharine Angell, White's future wife, have with the New Yorker when he begins writing there?

4. How does White categorize his debate with the New York Herald Tribune?

5. What was White's grandfather well known for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does White reveal about his farm in his answer to the questions of Mrs. Bard's fifth-grade class in Larchmont, New York?

5. What is "One Man's Meat"

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

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

8. How does White describe the beginning days of the New Yorker to an author that is researching a book?

9. What is White's problem with taxi cab doors in his 1950 memo to Harold Ross?

10. What question does Cathy Durham ask White, and how does he respond?

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