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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. How did Virginia Woolf die?
(a) She drowned herself.
(b) She was run over by an automobile.
(c) Of old age.
(d) She was shot by a jealous lover.

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

3. Who wrote "Hashis in Marseilles"?
(a) Walter Benjamin.
(b) Michel de Montaigne.
(c) Henry David Thoreau.
(d) Maria Edgeworth.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What term best describes the type of literature written by Virginia Woolf?

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

3. About how many essay collections and books did G. K. Chesterton write in his lifetime?

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

5. Who wrote "The Execution of Tropmann?"

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

3. Under what circumstances are Lu Hsun's "This Tool is Life" and "Death" written? What are the subjects of these essays?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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