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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The long and confused letter Janet Malcolm received from Olwyn in response in Part One: Chapter IV only reiterated her disdain for ____________.
(a) The postal service.
(b) The Hughes family.
(c) The Sylvia Plath myth.
(d) Ted Hughes.

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

3. 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) Used appliances or furniture.
(c) A phonograph.
(d) A car.

4. Where did Janet Malcolm travel to meet with Anne Stevenson in Part Two: Chapter I?
(a) Durham, England.
(b) Shirebrook, England.
(c) Beaconsfield, England.
(d) Helmsley, England.

5. In the second version of The Journals of Sylvia Plath, Hughes indicated that he might be able to get his hands on what?
(a) Love letters.
(b) Additional material.
(c) The original manuscript.
(d) A lost journal.

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

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) The perfect woman.
(d) A trophy wife.

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

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

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

12. 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?
(a) Realistic poetry.
(b) Truthful poetry.
(c) Sinful poetry.
(d) Confessional poetry.

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

14. 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) Choosing a cover for the book.
(b) Reviews of the book being published.
(c) Completion of the manuscript.
(d) The publishing of the book.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. A. Alvarez's remarks placed Sylvia's suicide in what type of scenario?

2. Under what pseudonym was The Bell Jar originally published?

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

4. Where was Sylvia Plath born?

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

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