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. What does White write to his granddaughter about journalism?

2. How many minor surgeries does Katharine undergo between 1966 and 1970?

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

4. Based on White's input to a book on the New Yorker, from which magazines was Ross trying to make the New Yorker different?

5. What examples does White include in a memo as entrances that would infuriate people if they were the same height as a taxi cab door?

Short Essay Questions

1. What question does Cathy Durham ask White, and how does he respond?

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. Why does White write to Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith?

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

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

9. What does White reveal about his farm in his answer to the questions of Mrs. Bard's fifth-grade class in Larchmont, New York?

10. How is Katharine's legacy preserved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze White's early childhood and how it inspired him to begin writing. Also, include why he began writing at such an early age, his opinion of school, the subjects of his earliest letters, and how they show the initial development of his writing style.

Essay Topic 3

"Charlotte's Web" is considered to be White's most popular book and one of the most recognized children's stories for several reasons.

1) Describe White's farm and the inspiration behind the ideas that formed "Charlotte's Web".

2) Explain White's concerns with the illustrations for the book, "Charlotte's Web", and how he resolves them with his publisher.

3) Describe the issues that White has with the cover art for the book, "Charlotte's Web", the suggestions and advice that he gives to his publisher, and why the advice is particularly appropriate.

4) Analyze White's reaction to the success of "Charlotte's Web", and whether or not he is surprised that it connects with children in such a huge way.

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