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. What does White caution Thurber about his story in the memo?

3. In 1956, why is Katharine still at the New Yorker?

4. When does a former secretary of the New Yorker contact White about "The Elements of Style"?

5. After a series of illnesses, how many months of the year does Katharine arrange to work for the New Yorker?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 journalistic advice does White give to his granddaughter in 1975?

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

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

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

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

White and Howard Cushman travel across the country in 1922 to learn about writing and life.

1) Describe Howard Cushman, his situation, and why he wants to embark on a cross country trip.

2) Explain White's motivation for the trip and what he hopes to accomplish.

3) Analyze White's job with the Seattle Times and his relationship with Alice Burchfield during the time of his trip.

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

Explain the key points about White's experiences at Cornell University. Provide examples of his knowledge and practice of journalism, the associations he had while at college, and what those connections led to later in his life.

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