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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote "Once More to the Lake"?
(a) E. B. White.
(b) Sara Suleri.
(c) Maria Edgeworth.
(d) Charles Lamb.

2. Which is NOT one of the subjects written about by George Orwell?
(a) The Great Depression.
(b) The American Revolution.
(c) The threat of fascism.
(d) The Spanish Civil War.

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

4. Who wrote "This Tool Is Life?"
(a) Junichiro Tanizaki.
(b) Natalia Ginzburg.
(c) Lu Hsun.
(d) Virginia Woolf.

5. Which of the following is NOT a well-known story written by Robert Louis Stevenson?
(a) Treasure Island.
(b) Kidnapped.
(c) The Tell-Tale Heart.
(d) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

6. Who wrote "How to Start to Write?"
(a) Walter Benjamin.
(b) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(c) Carlos Fuentes.
(d) Ivan Turgenev.

7. What is a frequent subject of Lu Hsun's work?
(a) Poverty and the struggle that results from it.
(b) Ships and sailing.
(c) The beauty of the natural world.
(d) The class system.

8. When was Junichiro Tanizaki born?
(a) 30 B.C.
(b) 342 A.D.
(c) 1052 A.D.
(d) 1886 A.D.

9. Who is Hsun addressing in his essay "Death?"
(a) Death himself.
(b) America.
(c) His family.
(d) The emperor of China.

10. What other artistic skill did James Thurber have, in addition to writing?
(a) He was a cartoonist.
(b) He was a sculptor.
(c) He was a voice over actor.
(d) He was a landscape painter.

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

12. What is unusual about the essay "Once a Tramp, Always...?"
(a) It contains lewd illustrations.
(b) It includes food recipes.
(c) It contains a coded message if deciphered.
(d) It is written half in Spanish and half in English.

13. Who wrote "My Confession?"
(a) Charles Lamb.
(b) James Baldwin.
(c) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(d) Mary McCarthy.

14. What tragedy did Seymour Krim endure as a child?
(a) His sister died of cancer.
(b) His father was an alcoholic.
(c) He lost both his parents.
(d) He was molested by a family friend.

15. Who wrote "Going Out for a Walk?"
(a) Seneca.
(b) Max Beerbohm.
(c) G. K. Chesterton.
(d) Ou-Yank Hsiu.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did Walter Benjamin keep a library?

2. Who wrote "The Lantern-Bearers"?

3. George Orwell is not the real name of the author, and yet it is used in place of the author's real name for published works. What is "George Orwell" an example of?

4. What did George Orwell renounce, along with his former life?

5. Who wrote "The Crack-Up"?

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