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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. What is the subject of "Such, Such Were the Joys..."?
(a) A town flood.
(b) Joy taken in the littlest and simplest things.
(c) A humorous "adventure" of chasing a lost piece of chalk.
(d) An account of time spent in preparatory school.

2. What is the "failure" spoken about in "For My Brothers and Sisters in the Failure Business?"
(a) The failure involved in hurting the ones we love.
(b) The failure of not appreciating nature.
(c) The failure to make a living financially.
(d) The failure to write an important novel.

3. James Thurber is said to have inspired what, in American essay prose?
(a) Nonsense.
(b) Discussion of race issues.
(c) Pregnant pauses.
(d) Seriousness.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote "This Tool Is Life?"

2. When was Virginia Woolf born?

3. When does the execution take place in "The Execution of Tropmann?"

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the subject of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Crack-Up?" What extended metaphor does he use?

3. What views is Henry David Thoreau well known for? How did he believe one should live one's life?

4. What tone does Mary McCarthy use in "My Confession?" How does she approach herself as well as the subjects of her essays?

5. Describe Walter Benjamin's unfortunate end. How does his essay "Unpacking My Library" relate to this tragic end?

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

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

8. What level of literary output did G. K. Chesterton achieve in his lifetime?

9. What kind of literature did Virginia Woolf write? What was a common focus that united her work?

10. What are the particulars of Ivan Turgenev's "The Execution of Tropmann"?

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