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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote "On Being an American?"
(a) H. L. Mencken.
(b) James Baldwin.
(c) Mary McCarthy.
(d) Richard Rodriguez.

2. Who wrote "The Death of the Moth?"
(a) Kenko.
(b) Max Beerbohm.
(c) Virginia Woolf.
(d) Maria Edgeworth.

3. Who wrote "The Execution of Tropmann?"
(a) Ivan Turgenev.
(b) Hubert Butler.
(c) Carlos Fuentes.
(d) William Hazlitt.

4. Who wrote "He and I"?
(a) Natalia Ginzburg.
(b) Richard Steele.
(c) Plutarch.
(d) Samuel Johnson.

5. How can the writings of H. L. Mencken BEST be described?
(a) Centered on death.
(b) Somber.
(c) Centered on race issues.
(d) Irreverent.

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

7. What occupation did Lu Hsun abandon to become a writer?
(a) Farmer.
(b) Merchant.
(c) Doctor.
(d) Court official.

8. What might best describe the attitude of the author in "Such, Such Were the Joys..."?
(a) Joyous and spontaneous.
(b) Depressed and suicidal.
(c) Thoughtful and optimistic.
(d) Angry and pessimistic.

9. What death did M.F.K. Fisher have to endure that she writes about?
(a) The death of her son.
(b) The death of her second husband.
(c) The death of her nephew.
(d) The death of her daughter.

10. What term best describes the type of literature written by Virginia Woolf?
(a) Nonfiction.
(b) Fables.
(c) Epic poetry.
(d) Modern fiction.

11. Who wrote "Walking"?
(a) Kenko.
(b) Henry David Thoreau.
(c) Phillip Lopate.
(d) Seymour Krim.

12. What event starts the essay, "On Running After One's Hat?"
(a) A hanging.
(b) A church service.
(c) A town flood.
(d) A birth.

13. At which newspaper did H.L. Mencken work?
(a) The New York Times.
(b) The New York Post-Gazette.
(c) The Baltimore Sun.
(d) The Washington Post.

14. Who wrote "Street Haunting?"
(a) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(b) Michel de Montaigne.
(c) Phillip Lopate.
(d) Virginia Woolf.

15. Who wrote "For My Brothers and Sisters in the Failure Business?"
(a) Seymour Krim.
(b) Gayle Pemberton.
(c) G. K. Chesterton.
(d) Joseph Addison.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author think of the lake he revisits in "Once More to the Lake?"

2. Who wrote "Such, Such Were the Joys..."?

3. Who wrote "Once a Tramp, Always..."?

4. What was George Orwell's real name?

5. Which is NOT one of the subjects written about by George Orwell?

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