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. How much bed rest does Katharine have while recovering from an illness after the birth of their son?

2. Declining an editor position for The Saturday Review, what does White label himself?

3. What car do White and Howard Cushman use to travel around the country?

4. What type of background did White's mother have?

5. Which one of the following is not included in the list of people White says will read the pamphlet he worked on in Washington?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Where were White's parents from and what is their background?

6. What is the topic of the humorous letter of outrage that White sends to Harold Ross in July, 1945?

7. What is the New York Herald Tribune's response to White's letter, and how does he reply?

8. What is the purpose of White's trip with Howard Cushman, and where do they go?

9. What is "One Man's Meat"

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

White marries Katharine Angell after her careful consideration.

1) Describe Katharine's background and how she came to work at the New Yorker.

2) Explain the concerns she has about pursuing a relationship with White, and how she eventually agrees to marry him.

3) Analyze how White writes about the wedding and the way both he and Katharine return to work.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the key points about White's experiences at Cornell University. Provide examples of his knowledge and practice of journalism, the associations he had while at college, and what those connections led to later in his life.

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