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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part One: Chapter II.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the first publication of The Journals of Sylvia Plath, Hughes commented how in the last several years of her life, Sylvia had found ______________.
(a) Happiness.
(b) Her true voice as a poet.
(c) Her lost journals.
(d) The perfect editor.

2. What university did Janet Malcolm attend?
(a) University of Michigan.
(b) University of Idaho.
(c) University of Montana.
(d) University of Illinois.

3. When Anne Stevenson wrote her biography of Sylvia Plath, she found that she and Sylvia had gone through the same teen-aged angst and sexual frustrations of the American youth of what era?
(a) 1950s.
(b) 1930's.
(c) 1940's.
(d) 1920's.

4. When was Janet Malcolm born?
(a) 1937.
(b) 1934.
(c) 1929.
(d) 1927.

5. In the second version of The Journals of Sylvia Plath, Hughes avoided blame for what?
(a) Plath's unhappiness.
(b) The destruction of Plath's journals.
(c) Plath's death.
(d) Incomplete editing.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what friend of the Hughes was William Stanley Merwin married?

2. How was Anne Stevenson viewed by the author and her peers while at the university?

3. What literary genre emphasizes the intimate, and sometimes unflattering, information about details of the poet's personal life, such as in poems about mental illness, sexuality, and despondence?

4. When was Anne Stevenson born?

5. What did Hughes claim Sylvia had discarded during the last years of her life in the first publication of The Journals of Sylvia Plath?

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