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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For which newspaper is White a campus reporter?



2. What does White befriend while vacationing in a small shack?



3. Which Kentucky newspaper publishes White's sonnet about a race's winning horse?



4. How does the New York Herald Tribune refer to White in their response to his criticism?



5. What concern does White have about additional editions of "Stuart Little"?



Short Essay Questions

1. Why does White write to Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and the director of the Bronx Zoo respectively?



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



3. What joke does White make to his brother, Stanley, before having a hernia operation?



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



5. How does White revise his work to be included in the new edition of "The Elements of Style"?



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



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



8. How does Hanna-Barbera acquire the rights to produce the animated motion picture version of "Charlotte's Web"?



9. What is "One Man's Meat"



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



Essay Topics

"Charlotte's Web" is considered to be White's most popular book and one of the most recognized children's stories for several reasons.

1) Describe White's farm and the inspiration behind the ideas that formed "Charlotte's Web".

2) Explain White's concerns with the illustrations for the book, "Charlotte's Web", and how he resolves them with his publisher.

3) Describe the issues that White has with the cover art for the book, "Charlotte's Web", the suggestions and advice that he gives to his publisher, and why the advice is particularly appropriate.

4) Analyze White's reaction to the success of "Charlotte's Web", and whether or not he is surprised that it connects with children in such a huge way.

"Charlotte's Web" reaches even more audiences with a successful animated film adaption of the story in 1973.

1) Explain White's concerns about the direction of a producer's idea for "Charlotte's Web", and how Hanna-Barbera is eventually given the rights to produce the film.

2) Describe the way White studies the screenplay for "Charlotte's Web", his notations that he includes when returning it, and how they are received by the animation studio.

3) Explain White's suggestions for the music of the movie and how they compare with the finalized movie.

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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