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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. Where does White first publish his remembrance of Strunk?
(a) The New York Herald Times.
(b) Harper's magazine.
(c) The New Yorker.
(d) The New York Post.

2. How many minor surgeries does Katharine undergo between 1966 and 1970?
(a) Ten.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Four.
(d) Eight.

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

4. As he explains to his stepson, why is White not writing?
(a) He does not have an idea for a story.
(b) He has too many ideas for stories.
(c) He is taking an intentional vacation.
(d) He is having bouts of dizziness.

5. Which newspaper does White write to in protest about their profile of New Yorker editor, William Shawn?
(a) New York Herald Tribune.
(b) New York Daily News.
(c) New York Times.
(d) New York Sun Times.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which piece of Charlotte's advice does White give to his publisher regarding the revisions on the illustrations for the book?

2. What type of sound do the suggested songs for "Charlotte's Web" have in White's opinion?

3. Based on White's input to a book on the New Yorker, from which magazines was Ross trying to make the New Yorker different?

4. In White's opinion, how different is the New Yorker in the 1950s?

5. When does White respond to a letter by Cathy Durham?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the elements included in the Philadelphia Orchestra's children's concert of "The Trumpet of the Swan" in 1972?

2. How does White respond to a confused senior at Newton High School?

3. In a December, 1951 letter, how does White respond to a depressed undergraduate student about her plans to become a writer?

4. Who does the illustrations for "Charlotte's Web", and what does White send to his publisher to help with the drawing of Charlotte?

5. How does White categorize "Charlotte's Web" in his October, 1952 letter to Ursula Nordstrom of Harper & Brothers, and what are the sales like for the book's first edition?

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

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

8. Why does White write to Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith?

9. What is the subject of the exchanged letters between White and President Richard Nixon in July, 1969?

10. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?

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