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. Which station does White politely decline an interview with in 1978?

2. When is the children's concert of "The Trumpet of the Swan" performed?

3. Which nuclear physicist does White exchange letters with about nuclear disarmament?

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

5. When does White respond to a letter by Cathy Durham?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which ailment and animal's escapades does White write to his stepson and his wife about in 1968?

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

3. How does White explain the process of writing a book to fourth-graders of Columbus, Ohio?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What changes does White experience after Katharine passes away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

E.B. White provides an autobiography about his family background as the preface for the "Letters of E.B. White".

1) Describe the background of White's parents and what led them to make their home in Mt. Vernon.

2) Explain which siblings White is closest to and why.

3) Describe the help and encouragement that White receives while growing up.

Essay Topic 2

White's published criticism of Alexander Wollcott is documented by their letters in the New Yorker.

1) Describe who Alexander Wollcott is, the letter that he writes, and why White finds it offensive.

2) Explain White's response to Wollcott's letter and why it is featured in the New Yorker.

3) Analyze why White decides to write a second letter, the point of the letter, and whether or not he is serious in his criticism or using humor to deliver the point.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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