Letters of E. B. White Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Which of the following is not included in the list of purchases White reports to his parents in a letter?

4. Which one of White's books is co-authored by Katharine?

5. How many children does Katharine have when she and White are married?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did White first begin writing during his childhood?

3. How does White discover the New Yorker?

4. As provided in his letters, what are some of White's opinions of the war and drafting?

5. How does White describe his meeting in Washington in January, 1942?

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

7. What is "One Man's Meat"

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

9. What description does White provide of his wedding?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

White answers a number of letters and questions from students about writing and education in general.

1) Describe White's explanation of the process for writing a book to a fourth-grade class in Columbus, Ohio.

2) Explain White's advice to a depressed college student as well as his advice to a confused senior, and his comments about his own writing identity.

3) Compare and contrast the advice that he gives to his granddaughter, Martha, with the responses that he sends to other college students.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the New Yorker magazine in the 1950s with the way it was in the 1920s. Use White's letter to his brother, Stanley, as a reference for his concern about the changes taking place at the magazine. Also, include White's description of the original goal of the New Yorker and his experiences while working there as he writes to an author that is researching a book.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze White's response to a letter by Cathy Durham about why he has not written another children's book. Include why he might have replied that way, the response of Cathy's librarian, and the solution that White's publisher develops for preventing any future issues.

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