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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. Where is the Whites' farm located?
2. How does White refer to his work in Washington in a March 2, 1942 letter to John Fleming?
3. What type of background did White's mother have?
4. At what age did White begin to develop his writing style?
5. How does White describe publicity to Alice while working at the American Legion News Service?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is White's problem with taxi cab doors in his 1950 memo to Harold Ross?
2. How does White describe the beginning days of the New Yorker to an author that is researching a book?
3. Which ailment and animal's escapades does White write to his stepson and his wife about in 1968?
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. What unscheduled vacation does White take from the New Yorker and how does he inform them of his absence?
6. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?
7. What does White write about his brother, Stanley, and his sister, Lillian?
8. How does White return to the New Yorker and what embarrassing situation does he encounter there?
9. What is the purpose of White's trip with Howard Cushman, and where do they go?
10. Why does White decline a job offer from the Saturday Review?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Explain three examples of the office memos that White would write to other writers and editors at the New Yorker. For each example, describe what White's intentions are and the writing techniques he uses to achieve them.
Essay Topic 3
In 1925, White takes a big step in his career and begins working for the New Yorker.
1) Describe White's situation after he returns from his road trip and before he discovers the New Yorker magazine.
2) Explain how White first learns about the New Yorker and the way he begins writing for it.
3) Describe how White writes about his initial impression of the New Yorker and the people he meets there.
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