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. According to a 1931 letter to Katharine, how much does White pay for a pair of sandals at Sears Roebuck?

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

3. How long after the wedding do White and Katharine return to their jobs?

4. What is on the cover of the first New Yorker magazine that White sees?

5. Published in 1934, what is the title of White's third book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Alice Burchfield?

2. How does White describe kindergarten and high school?

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

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

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

6. What happens in 1941 that leads to White's work in Washington?

7. What is "One Man's Meat"

8. How does White gain confidence as a writer while in college, and what acquaintances does he make there?

9. What does White write about his brother, Stanley, and his sister, Lillian?

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

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

"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.

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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