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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 Cathy Durham's librarian respond to White's letter to Cathy?
(a) She is appreciative.
(b) She is confused.
(c) She is offended.
(d) She is amused.

2. What version of White's remembrance of Strunk is used in the final copy of "The Elements of Style"?
(a) An edited and shortened version.
(b) An expanded and revised version.
(c) The same version with notes included at the end of the text.
(d) The same version.

3. What is the main reason why White is still at the New Yorker in 1956?
(a) Because Katharine is there.
(b) Because of the death of Gus Lobrano.
(c) Because of the income he is generating.
(d) Because he enjoys the work.

4. After a series of illnesses, how many months of the year does Katharine arrange to work for the New Yorker?
(a) Three months.
(b) Six months.
(c) Twelve months.
(d) Nine months.

5. How does White explain his fascination with spiders in a letter?
(a) He watched one spin a web.
(b) He saw a unique looking spider on his farm.
(c) He studied them by reading a book about spiders.
(d) He had a conversation with one.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does White write a letter to his stepson, Roger, and his wife, Carol?

2. What does White state in the official "letter from the author" that a child receives when writing to him?

3. In another office memo, for which James Thurber story does White offer his comments?

4. According to his letter, what stays in White's pond for several days?

5. How many proposals does White have to make a movie of "Charlotte's Web"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which ailment and animal's escapades does White write to his stepson and his wife about in 1968?

2. In another letter to Stanley, what does White say about his use of traction?

3. What complications does White have with his vision in 1982, and how many years does he provide newsbreaks for the New Yorker before retiring?

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

5. What journalistic advice does White give to his granddaughter in 1975?

6. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?

7. How long does White study the screenplay for "Charlotte's Web" and what suggestions does he make?

8. How does White contribute to his biography, and when and where does he pass away?

9. What changes does White experience after Katharine passes away?

10. What is White's concern with the cover art for "Charlotte's Web" and what appropriate advice does he share?

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