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. In White's opinion, how different is the New Yorker in the 1950s?

2. How long does White carefully study the screenplay for "Charlotte's Web" before returning it to his agent with his annotations?

3. Which city's orchestra does White adapt "The Trumpet of the Swan" for?

4. What newspaper does White write to in order to correct an editorial that attributes Thurber's fame to him?

5. Why is Katharine hospitalized in 1952?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?

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

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

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

9. What is White's problem with taxi cab doors in his 1950 memo to Harold Ross?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain three examples of the office memos that White would write to other writers and editors at the New Yorker. For each example, describe what White's intentions are and the writing techniques he uses to achieve them.

Essay Topic 3

White answers a number of letters and questions from students about writing and education in general.

1) Describe White's explanation of the process for writing a book to a fourth-grade class in Columbus, Ohio.

2) Explain White's advice to a depressed college student as well as his advice to a confused senior, and his comments about his own writing identity.

3) Compare and contrast the advice that he gives to his granddaughter, Martha, with the responses that he sends to other college students.

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