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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did George Orwell renounce, along with his former life?
(a) Poetry.
(b) The English legal system.
(c) The class system.
(d) The Catholic church.

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

4. Robert Louis Stevenson is today best known for what type of writings?
(a) Essays.
(b) Diary entries.
(c) Novels.
(d) Poems.

5. Who wrote "The Lantern-Bearers"?
(a) G. K. Chesterton.
(b) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(c) Charles Lamb.
(d) Virginia Woolf.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Lu Hsun's work create trouble for him?

2. Who wrote "Leaving the Movie Theater?"

3. Which of Lu Hsun's family members died when he was young?

4. When was Walter Benjamin Born?

5. Who wrote "Hashis in Marseilles"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Robert Louis Stevenson best known for today?

2. M.F.K. Fisher is known for writing primarily about what subject? Beyond this subject, what biographical details has she confronted in her writing?

3. How does Seymour Krim's life compare to Mary McCarthy's? How did Krim's childhood impact his writing?

4. What is the subject of Krim's "For My Brothers and Sisters in the Failure Business"? What feelings does Krim express in the essay?

5. What tone is Max Beerbohm famous for in his essays?

6. What is Junichiro Tanizaki's contribution to world literature? How has Tanizaki's writing style been characterized?

7. Describe the important events in Lu Hsun's life that impacted his personal essays.

8. What is Orwell's "Such, Such Were the Joys..." about? What complaints does Orwell have about the subject?

9. Under what circumstances are Lu Hsun's "This Tool is Life" and "Death" written? What are the subjects of these essays?

10. How did Virginia Woolf's personal background impact her work?

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