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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5, The American Scene: Page 586-770.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Before attempting personal essays, what kind of writer was Seymour Krim?
(a) Critic.
(b) Newspaper reporter.
(c) Copywriter.
(d) Playwright.

2. What topic chiefly interests James Baldwin?
(a) Racism.
(b) Nature.
(c) The battle of the sexes.
(d) His childhood.

3. Who wrote "The Ring of Time?"
(a) Gore Vidal.
(b) Joan Didion.
(c) Wendell Berry.
(d) E. B. White.

4. Which of the following labels BEST describe the writings of Montaigne?
(a) Anti-individualist.
(b) Ultra-conservative.
(c) Proto-feminist.
(d) Deconstructivist.

5. What is Richard Selzer's profession, beyond writing?
(a) Linguist.
(b) Business CEO.
(c) Civil engineer.
(d) Surgeon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote "The Crack-Up"?

2. Who wrote "He and I"?

3. Who is Hsun addressing in his essay "Death?"

4. When was Jose Luis Borges born?

5. At which newspaper did H.L. Mencken work?

(see the answer key)

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