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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part Two: Chapters IV, V and VI.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What university had Sylvia Plath attended?
(a) Princeton University.
(b) Smith College.
(c) Columbia University.
(d) Dartmouth College.

2. In 1952, William Stanley Merwin's first book of poetry was published under what title?
(a) Glasses for Peter.
(b) A Coat for Jamal.
(c) A Mask for Janus.
(d) A Hat for Harrold.

3. What biography mentioned a cloth beneath Sylvia's head as she inhaled the gas fumes and a testimonial statement by her doctor that she had been in a dire mental condition?
(a) Bitter Fame.
(b) The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath.
(c) Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness: A Biography.
(d) The Haunting of Sylvia Plath.

4. What was the name of Sylvia Plath's mother?
(a) Emma Rachel Plath.
(b) Susan Mary Plath.
(c) Jennifer Wilma Plath.
(d) Aurelia Schobert Plath.

5. Anne Stevenson claimed that in her early days in England she reached for a drink much as Sylvia reached for ___________.
(a) Rescue.
(b) Fame.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Suicide.

Short Answer Questions

1. After she and Ted separated, Sylvia chose to stay in England because __________ was more accepted there.

2. Anne Stevenson wrote that "it took me two unhappy marriages and ____ children to make me reconsider my assumptions."

3. In their interview in Part Two: Chapter I, Anne Stevenson told Malcolm of the hurt she felt when a critic had accused her of ___________.

4. Anne Stevenson tried to defend herself in her speech in Part Two: Chapter I by explaining that some of her work was tainted by the controlling hands of whom?

5. When The Journals of Sylvia Plath were published, they were met with derision--first because of Ted's admission that he had done what?

(see the answer key)

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