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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. When was Walter Benjamin Born?
(a) 1962 A.D.
(b) 1472 A.D.
(c) 1705 A.D.
(d) 1892 A.D.

2. Who wrote "An Apology for Idlers?"
(a) Plutarch.
(b) George Orwell.
(c) Robert Louis Stevenson.
(d) Maria Edgeworth.

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

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

5. When was Virginia Woolf born?
(a) 1616 A. D.
(b) 1772 A. D.
(c) 1475 A. D.
(d) 1882 A. D.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote "How to Start to Write?"

2. Who wrote "Street Haunting?"

3. Who wrote "The Lantern-Bearers"?

4. Who wrote "The Execution of Tropmann?"

5. Who wrote "Beside the Nore?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jose Luis Borges' perspective on his own increasing blindness, as revealed in his essay "Blindness?"

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

4. What style is James Thurber known for? What was a common theme in Thurber's writing?

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

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

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

8. What two works of G. K. Chesterton are included in this volume? What are the subjects of these essays?

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

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

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