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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was Bitter Fame published?
(a) 1993.
(b) 1989.
(c) 1992.
(d) 1991.

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

3. When was the novel The Bell Jar first published under Sylvia Plath's name?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1973.
(c) 1970.
(d) 1967.

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

5. Where was Sylvia Plath born?
(a) Vermont.
(b) Massachusetts.
(c) Maine.
(d) Rhode Island.

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

7. What American analytic philosopher best known for his work in ethics and aesthetics was the father of Anne Stevenson?
(a) Richard Stevenson.
(b) Robert Stevenson.
(c) Charles Stevenson.
(d) Harold Stevenson.

8. In her biography of Sylvia Plath, Stevenson writes of Plath as a sober and confused perfectionist whose suicide as well as the inspiration for her art remain ___________.
(a) An atrocity.
(b) A mystery.
(c) An abomination.
(d) An unjustified murder.

9. Olwyn Hughes gave Anne Stevenson whose account that was unflattering to Sylvia to review in Part Two: Chapter I?
(a) Clarissa Roche's.
(b) Ted Hughes'.
(c) Elizabeth Sigmund's.
(d) Dido Merwin's.

10. In the first publication of The Journals of Sylvia Plath, Hughes commented how in the last several years of her life, Sylvia had found ______________.
(a) The perfect editor.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Her lost journals.
(d) Her true voice as a poet.

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

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

13. In their interview in Part Two: Chapter I, Anne Stevenson told Malcolm of the hurt she felt when a critic had accused her of ___________.
(a) Secretly hating Plath.
(b) Telling lies.
(c) Being envious of Plath's talent.
(d) Leaving out details.

14. Ronald Hayman wrote in The Independent that whose biography was vindictive?
(a) Anne Stevenson's.
(b) Janet Malcolm.
(c) A. Alvarez.
(d) Frances McCullough.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Linda Wagner-Martin wrote a biography of Sylvia Plath. Upon what did her relationship with the Hughes family deteriorate in Part One: Chapter IV?

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

4. The long and confused letter Janet Malcolm received from Olwyn in response in Part One: Chapter IV only reiterated her disdain for ____________.

5. 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?

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