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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What book did A. Alvarez write on the subject of divorce?
(a) Day of Atonement.
(b) Life After Marriage.
(c) Where Did It All Go Right?
(d) Beyond All This Fiddle.

2. What was Ted seen as in Sylvia's life, according to her therapist?
(a) A best friend.
(b) A father figure.
(c) A teacher.
(d) A brother.

3. What did Malcolm feel like upon arriving at Sylvia's former home in Part Two: Chapter IX?
(a) A tourist.
(b) A schoolgirl.
(c) A stalker.
(d) A paparazzi.

4. Alvarez responded to Ted Hughes in letters that his work was honest and not one of _____________.
(a) Fiction.
(b) Lies.
(c) Sensationalism.
(d) Evil motivation.

5. A. Alvarez ended his interview with Malcolm in Part Two: Chapter VII by concluding that Ted could never accept the fact that Sylvia's life and death was ________ and he could do nothing to change that.
(a) In the public domain.
(b) A rollercoaster.
(c) Not perfect.
(d) Dramatic.

6. Sylvia's failed confrontation with whom in Paris comprised the most interesting and least tampered with entries of The Journals of Sylvia Plath?
(a) Elizabeth Bishop.
(b) Richard Sassoon.
(c) Ted Hughes.
(d) Olwyn Hughes.

7. The author writes that biographers love letters since they are the fossils of ___________.
(a) Time.
(b) Emotions.
(c) Thought.
(d) Influence.

8. When did Assia Wevill die?
(a) 1969.
(b) 1970.
(c) 1965.
(d) 1964.

9. In Part Two: Chapter IV, Malcolm hadn't been able to interview Alvarez or Ted because who basically disallowed it?
(a) Aurelia Plath.
(b) Clarissa Roche.
(c) Frances McCullough.
(d) Olwyn Hughes.

10. According to a letter from Anne Stevenson in which she provided her take on Sylvia and her work, Sylvia had used poetry as a way to stage her own what?
(a) Demise.
(b) Life.
(c) Psychodrama.
(d) Suicide.

11. Elizabeth Sigmund was friends with Sylvia Plath for how long?
(a) Six years.
(b) Ten years.
(c) Two years.
(d) One year.

12. Sylvia wrote in her journals that she was certain she had the ability to commit suicide, murder a woman, and ____________.
(a) Strangle a cat.
(b) Wound a man.
(c) Outsmart a fox.
(d) Wrestle a lion.

13. What editor of The Journals of Sylvia Plath was criticized for her own omission of some works?
(a) Helen Barry.
(b) Roberta Jefferies.
(c) Frances McCullough.
(d) Amanda Reynolds.

14. Elizabeth Sigmund recounted an incident, soon after Sylvia's death, in which Ted did all except __________.
(a) Attack her.
(b) Show remorse.
(c) Blame Sylvia for all his problems.
(d) Take responsibility for Sylvia's death.

15. Anne Stevenson wrote that "it took me two unhappy marriages and ____ children to make me reconsider my assumptions."
(a) Five.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the title of Ted Hughes' last work?

2. How long had Anne Stevenson worked on her biography of Sylvia Plath before it was published?

3. The protagonist in The Bell Jar is from suburbs outside what city?

4. In a letter to Anne Stevenson, Ted defended his stance of publicly disassociating himself from ________.

5. In Part Two: Chapter II, Ted described the battle Sylvia had to get her short story published in what periodical?

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