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 type of sound do the suggested songs for "Charlotte's Web" have in White's opinion?

2. Which Mozart piece does White recommend for the "Charlotte's Web" movie?

3. How many copies of "The Elements of Style" have been sold?

4. In a response to a student's letter, what does White say is the best way to learn about a writer?

5. What does the Dirksen amendment involve?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does White categorize "Charlotte's Web" in his October, 1952 letter to Ursula Nordstrom of Harper & Brothers, and what are the sales like for the book's first edition?

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

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

6. What is White's concern with the cover art for "Charlotte's Web" and what appropriate advice does he share?

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

8. What does White reveal about his farm in his answer to the questions of Mrs. Bard's fifth-grade class in Larchmont, New York?

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

10. How does White's response to Cathy Durham generate controversy, and what solution does his publisher implement?

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

Katharine passes away and her legacy is secured as White contributes to his own biography towards the end of his life.

1) Describe the change in White's writing after Katharine passes away, how her literary effects help establish her legacy, and the way her book, "Onward and Upward in the Garden" is published.

2) Explain the contributions that White makes to his biography as it is being written and his opinion of the finished book.

3) Analyze the ways that E.B. White will be remembered along with the impact of his work in writing and entertainment.

Essay Topic 3

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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