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

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

3. Henry David Thoreau is well known as being what?
(a) A racist.
(b) A Communist.
(c) A humorist.
(d) A nonconformist.

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

5. Which of Lu Hsun's family members died when he was young?
(a) Mother.
(b) Brother.
(c) Father.
(d) Sister.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who wrote "The Death of the Moth?"

3. When was Walter Benjamin Born?

4. What does the author think of the lake he revisits in "Once More to the Lake?"

5. James Thurber is said to have inspired what, in American essay prose?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the subject of E.B. White's "Once More to the Lake"? What is the message White relays about the state of the lake?

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

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

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

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

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

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