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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 does the author think of the lake he revisits in "Once More to the Lake?"
(a) The lake has improved because of technology.
(b) The lake has suffered from the effects of technology and modernization.
(c) No actual lake is mentioned in the essay.
(d) The lake is just the same as the author remembered it.

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

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

4. What illness did Virginia Woolf have to deal with at several times in her life?
(a) Impetigo.
(b) Depression.
(c) Paranoid Schizophrenia.
(d) Scarlet Fever.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote "Once More to the Lake"?

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

3. Which person in Virginia Woolf's life died when Woolf was very young?

4. What did Mencken call his collection of writings?

5. Before attempting personal essays, what kind of writer was Seymour Krim?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What subject dominated the writings of George Orwell? Name three specific things George Orwell wrote about.

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

9. What is the subject of Junichiro Tanizaki's "In Praise of Shadows?" What hope does Tanizaki express at the end of the essay?

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

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