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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the consulting editor on The Journals of Sylvia Plath?
(a) Frances McCullough.
(b) Assia Wevill.
(c) Ted Hughes.
(d) Anne Stevenson.

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

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

4. Whose memoir depicting Sylvia Plath did Olwyn Hughes criticize relentlessly?
(a) Anne Stevenson's.
(b) Ted Hughes'.
(c) A. Alvarez's.
(d) Janet Malcolm's.

5. After she and Ted separated, Sylvia chose to stay in England because __________ was more accepted there.
(a) Her dark and edgy writing.
(b) Betrayal from the Church.
(c) Divorce.
(d) Infidelity.

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

7. Toward the end of her life, according to Alvarez, Sylvia Plath developed a problem with ___________.
(a) Fear.
(b) Animals.
(c) Schizophrenia.
(d) Hygiene.

8. How many children did Sylvia Plath have?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Zero.
(d) One.

9. When was the publication date of The Journals of Sylvia Plath?
(a) 1983.
(b) 1982.
(c) 1985.
(d) 1979.

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

11. The woman who had found the flat for the Hughes described in in Part One: Chapter VII recalled how Sylvia eschewed her suggestion to buy _____________.
(a) A bicycle.
(b) A car.
(c) A phonograph.
(d) Used appliances or furniture.

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

13. Anne Stevenson began a lecture describing how her and Sylvia's background as well as ideology were similar, and they had both married _________.
(a) Englishmen.
(b) Incorrectly.
(c) Hastily.
(d) Adulterers.

14. What poems did Plath write for the most part in the two months after Ted had left Devon?
(a) The Colossus and Other Poems.
(b) Winter Trees.
(c) Three Women: A Monologue for Three Voices.
(d) Ariel.

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

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. For what magazine is Janet Malcolm on staff?

4. When did Sylvia Plath die?

5. From 1956 to 1966, A. Alvarez was the poetry editor and critic for what publication?

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