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. What production company eventually acquires the project of making the "Charlotte's Web" movie?

2. How does White explain his fascination with spiders in a letter?

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

4. In his letter to fifth grade students, how many sheep does White say that he has?

5. In a letter to James Thurber, what injury does White sustain while falling onto an awning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the subject of the exchanged letters between White and President Richard Nixon in July, 1969?

4. How long does White study the screenplay for "Charlotte's Web" and what suggestions does he make?

5. What journalistic advice does White give to his granddaughter in 1975?

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

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

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

9. In a December, 1951 letter, how does White respond to a depressed undergraduate student about her plans to become a writer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

"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.

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