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 a memo to Harold Ross, how many inches does White say that the height of taxi cab doors are?

2. How many corrections does White send to Scott Elledge for the first part of his biography?

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

4. When does a new printing for "Charlotte's Web" begin?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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