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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) 1963.
(b) 1968.
(c) 1971.
(d) 1955.

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

3. Who wrote The Haunting of Sylvia Plath?
(a) A. Alvarez.
(b) Jacqueline Rose.
(c) Aurelia Plath.
(d) Janet Malcolm.

4. Dealing with Olwyn for three years, Malcolm saw none of the expected ________ in her character?
(a) Narcissism.
(b) Kindness.
(c) Generosity.
(d) Arrogance.

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

6. What "friend" of Plath finally felt the freedom to express her true feelings for the poet by relating that she was a horrible wife and a martyr?
(a) Dido Milroy.
(b) Olwyn Hughes .
(c) Frances McCullough.
(d) Anne Stevenson.

7. What did Sylvia Plath leave for her children when they awoke the night she killed herself?
(a) Milk and cookies.
(b) A note.
(c) Bread and milk.
(d) Their backpacks.

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

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

10. 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) Confessional poetry.
(b) Realistic poetry.
(c) Truthful poetry.
(d) Sinful poetry.

11. Anne Stevenson explained in Part Two: Chapter I that she had been commissioned to write a story about Sylvia Plath in a series for Penguin Books called __________.
(a) Fascinating Women.
(b) Lives of Modern Women.
(c) Women of History.
(d) The Women Everybody Should Know.

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

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

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

15. Who wrote the biography Bitter Fame?
(a) Janet Malcolm.
(b) Sylvia Plath.
(c) Frances McCullough.
(d) Anne Stevenson.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When was Sylvia Plath born?

3. For what magazine is Janet Malcolm on staff?

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

5. When was Janet Malcolm born?

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