Letters of E. B. White Test | Final 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 consideration does the animation studio give to White's suggestions?

2. What does White state in the official "letter from the author" that a child receives when writing to him?

3. Who is Ursula Nordstrom?

4. As he explains to his stepson, why is White not writing?

5. How does Cathy Durham's librarian respond to White's letter to Cathy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does White write to Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith?

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

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

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

5. Who does the illustrations for "Charlotte's Web", and what does White send to his publisher to help with the drawing of Charlotte?

6. What are the elements included in the Philadelphia Orchestra's children's concert of "The Trumpet of the Swan" in 1972?

7. What complications does White have with his vision in 1982, and how many years does he provide newsbreaks for the New Yorker before retiring?

8. What ailments does White have in 1963, and how does he write about his recovery?

9. What illnesses does Katharine battle between 1960 and 1965, and how does she adjust her work schedule?

10. How does White contribute to his biography, and when and where does he pass away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

White answers a number of letters and questions from students about writing and education in general.

1) Describe White's explanation of the process for writing a book to a fourth-grade class in Columbus, Ohio.

2) Explain White's advice to a depressed college student as well as his advice to a confused senior, and his comments about his own writing identity.

3) Compare and contrast the advice that he gives to his granddaughter, Martha, with the responses that he sends to other college students.

Essay Topic 3

In 1937, White displays his whimsical nature in a letter to Katharine.

1) Explain White's motivation for his letter, leaving the New Yorker, and why he thinks it is an ancient privilege to live in a whimsical way rather than a reasonable way.

2) Compare his decision in the letter with other impulsive decisions that he has made, such as unannounced vacations, trips, etc.

3) Analyze White's tone in his letter to Katharine, what he hopes to accomplish, and the aspects of his decision that he has considered as well as the ones that he has not considered.

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