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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who wrote "The Execution of Tropmann?"
2. What nickname is given to Max Beerbohm?
3. Which is NOT one of the subjects written about by George Orwell?
4. Where did Walter Benjamin keep a library?
5. What did George Orwell renounce, along with his former life?
Short Essay Questions
1. What tone is Max Beerbohm famous for in his essays?
2. What two works of G. K. Chesterton are included in this volume? What are the subjects of these essays?
3. What kind of literature did Virginia Woolf write? What was a common focus that united her work?
4. Under what circumstances are Lu Hsun's "This Tool is Life" and "Death" written? What are the subjects of these essays?
5. How did Virginia Woolf's personal background impact her work?
6. What is Jose Luis Borges' perspective on his own increasing blindness, as revealed in his essay "Blindness?"
7. What level of literary output did G. K. Chesterton achieve in his lifetime?
8. How does Seymour Krim's life compare to Mary McCarthy's? How did Krim's childhood impact his writing?
9. What is Robert Louis Stevenson best known for today?
10. What is Orwell's "Such, Such Were the Joys..." about? What complaints does Orwell have about the subject?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow" by Richard Steele and "Consolation to His Wife" by Plutarch both speak to the grieving process.
A) What is the value of sorrow to each man? Can grief be healthy, or should it simply be minimized and avoided?
B) How is knowledge of the biographical details important in appreciating "Consolation to His Wife"? Is biographical information of Richard Steele necessary to attain a deeper understanding of "An Hour or Two Sacred to Sorrow?"
Essay Topic 2
Robert Louis Stevenson's "On Marriage" and Maria Edgeworth's "An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification" both center on the marital relationship.
A) Compare the tone employed by each writer.
B) What is each author's philosophy of marriage? Is marriage something to be celebrated, mocked, or feared?
C) How might your determination from A) help inform you as to the position each person takes on marriage? How does tone relate to content in each author's case?
Essay Topic 3
Big events are the topic of James Baldwin's "Notes on a Native Son" and Richard Rodriguez's "Late Victorians."
A) How does each man relate the big events happening around them to his own personal experience? Compare each man's approach.
B) Compare and contrast the significance, as each man sees it, of the event taking place. Why do they believe they are witnessing events that are important to document?
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