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Multiple Choice Questions

1. With whom was Ted Hughes having an affair at the time of Sylvia Plath's death?
(a) Frances McCullough.
(b) Charles Stevenson.
(c) Janet Malcolm.
(d) Assia Wevill.

2. What book by A. Alvarez about suicide gained added resonance from his friendship with Plath?
(a) Where Did It All Go Right.
(b) School of Donne.
(c) The Savage God.
(d) Life after Marriage: Scenes from Divorce.

3. When was the book The Colossus and Other Poems first published?
(a) 1965.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1960.
(d) 1955.

4. Olwyn Hughes promised to get Anne Stevenson an agent and publisher who would provide what resource?
(a) A sizeable advance.
(b) An editor.
(c) Printing presses.
(d) Advertising.

5. Where did Anne Stevenson move after college and marrying?
(a) Canada.
(b) England.
(c) Italy.
(d) Spain.

6. In what year had a literary critic declared that what stood out about Plath's works was that Plath's "not nice" quality was what set her apart from her contemporaries?
(a) 1968.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1963.
(d) 1971.

7. What did Olwyn Hughes claim was something Sylvia's mother had never addressed and, in fact, enabled for years?
(a) Mental illness.
(b) Tooth decay.
(c) Promiscuity.
(d) Lack of exercise.

8. When was Ronald Hayman born?
(a) 1935.
(b) 1929.
(c) 1934.
(d) 1932.

9. When was Anne Stevenson born?
(a) 1922.
(b) 1935.
(c) 1933.
(d) 1927.

10. What did Hughes claim Sylvia had discarded during the last years of her life in the first publication of The Journals of Sylvia Plath?
(a) Personal relationships.
(b) Prejudices.
(c) False selves.
(d) Religion.

11. Who wrote The Colossus and Other Poems?
(a) Sylvia Plath.
(b) Anne Stevenson.
(c) Linda Wagner-Martin.
(d) A. Alvarez.

12. Where did A. Alvarez publish the first "official" bad review of Bitter Fame?
(a) The New York Times.
(b) Literature Weekly.
(c) The Chicago Tribune.
(d) The New York Review of Books.

13. Linda Wagner-Martin wrote a biography of Sylvia Plath. Upon what did her relationship with the Hughes family deteriorate in Part One: Chapter IV?
(a) The publishing of the book.
(b) Completion of the manuscript.
(c) Reviews of the book being published.
(d) Choosing a cover for the book.

14. Janet Malcolm wrote to Olwyn Hughes in an effort to get an interview with whom in Part One: Chapter IV?
(a) Anne Stevenson.
(b) Assia Wevill.
(c) Ted Hughes.
(d) A. Alvarez.

15. Who edited The Journals of Sylvia Plath?
(a) Assia Wevill.
(b) Anne Stevenson.
(c) Ted Hughes.
(d) Frances McCullough.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the term used for a novel describing real life, behind a fa├žade of fiction?

2. How did Sylvia Plath commit suicide?

3. Olwyn didn't write her own book because she wasn't a writer and, as Ted told her, no one would have ________.

4. What did Sylvia Plath leave for her children when they awoke the night she killed herself?

5. What reprinting of letters, in which Sylvia wrote to her mother and which displayed her nice daughter side, was published by Plath's mother?

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