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. When does White inform his publisher that he thinks "Charlotte's Web" appeals more to adults than children?

2. Which one of the following is a concern that White has about the illustrations in "Charlotte's Web"?

3. How long were Katharine and E.B. White married?

4. What book does White negotiate the movie rights for between 1966 and 1970?

5. When does Katharine pass away?

Short Essay Questions

1. What feedback and advice does White offer to James Thurber for the story,"The Thirteen Clocks"?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does White describe the beginning days of the New Yorker to an author that is researching a book?

8. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?

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

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

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

Describe White's trip to Washington, including the events that lead up to it, the reasons he is hired by the Department of Facts and Figures, the difference between his original responsibility with his eventual role in the pamphlet, and his opinions of the meetings and process there. Also, provide an analysis of White's views on the war and the draft that he discusses in the letters he writes when he returns from Washington.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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