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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 Lu Hsun born?
(a) 1775 A.D.
(b) 1881 A.D.
(c) 1312 A.D.
(d) 340 B.C.

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

3. Before attempting personal essays, what kind of writer was Seymour Krim?
(a) Copywriter.
(b) Newspaper reporter.
(c) Playwright.
(d) Critic.

4. Who wrote "This Tool Is Life?"
(a) Junichiro Tanizaki.
(b) Virginia Woolf.
(c) Lu Hsun.
(d) Natalia Ginzburg.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is unusual about the essay "Once a Tramp, Always...?"

2. Where did Walter Benjamin keep a library?

3. Who wrote "My Confession?"

4. George Orwell is not the real name of the author, and yet it is used in place of the author's real name for published works. What is "George Orwell" an example of?

5. What nationality is Walter Benjamin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Ivan Turgenev's opinion of capital punishment? How did Turgenev believe servants should be treated?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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