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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what friend of the Hughes was William Stanley Merwin married?
(a) Sylvia Plath.
(b) Janet Malcolm.
(c) Dido Milroy.
(d) Anne Stevenson.

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

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) The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath.
(b) Bitter Fame.
(c) Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness: A Biography.
(d) The Haunting of Sylvia Plath.

4. Where was A. Alvarez born?
(a) Mexico.
(b) El Salvador.
(c) Spain.
(d) England.

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

6. Who witnessed Sylvia weeping over Ted's infidelity, claiming that she had given her whole heart to Ted and couldn't get it back?
(a) Olwyn Hughes.
(b) Aurelia Plath.
(c) Elizabeth Sigmund.
(d) Clarissa Roche.

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

8. A. Alvarez was initially much more impressed with Ted--thinking of Sylvia as __________.
(a) A literary genious.
(b) A dowdy little housewife.
(c) A trophy wife.
(d) The perfect woman.

9. When did the bomb drop on Hiroshima?
(a) 1944.
(b) 1947.
(c) 1946.
(d) 1945.

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

11. What was the address where Sylvia committed suicide?
(a) 23 Fitzroy Road.
(b) 168 Holland Circle.
(c) 75 Kirkland Drive.
(d) 439 Meadow Lane.

12. Whom had the second installment of The Savage God pulled from the Observer?
(a) A. Alvarez.
(b) Sylvia Plath.
(c) Anne Stevenson.
(d) Ted Hughes.

13. The Bell Jar is based in part on Plath's own life and, in particular, her suicide attempt in what year?
(a) 1953.
(b) 1950.
(c) 1955.
(d) 1949.

14. When did Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath marry?
(a) 1960.
(b) 1959.
(c) 1957.
(d) 1956.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who prescribed antidepressants for Plath a few days before her death?

2. In the first publication of The Journals of Sylvia Plath, Hughes commented how in the last several years of her life, Sylvia had found ______________.

3. How many children did Sylvia Plath have?

4. Who wrote The Haunting of Sylvia Plath?

5. Who was the consulting editor on The Journals of Sylvia Plath?

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