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 section of the American freedoms pamphlet is White originally hired to write, before being asked to rewrite the entire document?

2. When does White write to Katharine about his separation from the New Yorker?

3. Who was White's favorite sibling?

4. What intrigued White about the girls in high school?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does White show Katharine her importance in his life?

3. Who is Alice Burchfield?

4. How does White discover the New Yorker?

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

6. What is "One Man's Meat"

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Katharine passes away and her legacy is secured as White contributes to his own biography towards the end of his life.

1) Describe the change in White's writing after Katharine passes away, how her literary effects help establish her legacy, and the way her book, "Onward and Upward in the Garden" is published.

2) Explain the contributions that White makes to his biography as it is being written and his opinion of the finished book.

3) Analyze the ways that E.B. White will be remembered along with the impact of his work in writing and entertainment.

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

An editorial in the New York Herald Tribune outrages White, whose response sparks a public debate.

1) Explain the editorial that is published in the New York Herald Tribune and the "loyalty oath" it discusses.

2) Describe why White objects to the editorial and his letter to the New York Herald Tribune.

3) Explain the New York Herald Tribune's response to White and why they consider his thinking to be dangerous during that time in American history.

4) Analyze the irony in White's criticism of a newspaper publishing an opinion that he disagrees with.

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