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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. According to his humorous memo to Ross, at which symposium did White decline to speak?
2. As he explains to his stepson, why is White not writing?
3. When does White inform his publisher that he thinks "Charlotte's Web" appeals more to adults than children?
4. How does White explain his fascination with spiders in a letter?
5. Who is Ursula Nordstrom?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the elements included in the Philadelphia Orchestra's children's concert of "The Trumpet of the Swan" in 1972?
2. How does White describe the beginning days of the New Yorker to an author that is researching a book?
3. How does White revise his work to be included in the new edition of "The Elements of Style"?
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. Why does White write to Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith?
6. How does White respond to a confused senior at Newton High School?
7. What is the subject of the exchanged letters between White and President Richard Nixon in July, 1969?
8. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?
9. What changes does White experience after Katharine passes away?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Describe in detail three examples of how White uses his creativity and writing skills to communicate with Katharine and show her how important she is to his life. Include an analysis of what techniques White uses and why they are effective.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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