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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sylvia Plath's extremism and ________ were things that Anne Stevenson deplored.
(a) Arrogance.
(b) Agreeability.
(c) Narcissism.
(d) Beauty.

2. How did Assia Wevill die?
(a) She was hit by a car.
(b) She gassed herself.
(c) Cancer.
(d) A heart attack.

3. Where did Malcolm interview Clarissa Roche in Part Two: Chapter IX?
(a) Coleshill, England.
(b) Oswestry, England.
(c) Kenilworth, England.
(d) Somerset, England.

4. How many years of hell did Ted Hughes go through after Sylvia's death, according to Anne Stevenson in Part Two: Chapter IV?
(a) Five.
(b) Ten.
(c) Seven.
(d) Two.

5. Clarissa Roche first knew Sylvia Plath from when she was teaching in what years?
(a) 1955-56.
(b) 1957-58.
(c) 1960-61.
(d) 1953-54.

6. How long had Anne Stevenson worked on her biography of Sylvia Plath before it was published?
(a) One year.
(b) Four years.
(c) Five years.
(d) Two years.

7. 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) Psychodrama.
(b) Life.
(c) Demise.
(d) Suicide.

8. Sylvia wrote in her journal that the fight at the end of the school year had caused her to lose faith in Ted. She asked why the wife was the last to see the husband's ___________.
(a) "Ulcer."
(b) "Wounds."
(c) "Warts."
(d) "Hemorrhoid."

9. Clarissa Roche first knew Sylvia Plath from when she was teaching at what school?
(a) Smith College.
(b) Yale University.
(c) University of Minnesota.
(d) Ohio State University.

10. In Part Two: Chapters VIII, Elizabeth Sigmund mentioned that Ted and Carol no longer speak to whom?
(a) Aurelia Plath.
(b) Clarissa Roche.
(c) Olwyn Hughes.
(d) A. Alvarez.

11. What caused Trevor Thomas to sleep until 5 p.m. the day after Sylvia Plath killed herself?
(a) Sleeping pills.
(b) Hangover.
(c) Depression.
(d) Escaped gas.

12. What did Elizabeth Sigmund portray Olwyn Hughes as being envious of in her interview with Malcolm?
(a) Sylvia's talent and beauty.
(b) Sylvia's money.
(c) Sylvia's love from Ted.
(d) Sylvia's compassion and depth.

13. What game had Elizabeth Sigmund played with Olwyn Hughes on a few occasions?
(a) Bridge.
(b) Badminton.
(c) Poker.
(d) Croquet.

14. What memoir did Trevor Thomas write that described Sylvia Plath?
(a) Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness: A Biography.
(b) Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath.
(c) Sylvia Plath: Last Encounters.
(d) Her Husband: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath--A Marriage.

15. The editor of The Journals of Sylvia Plath defended her cuts as ___________ when publishing such raw material as journal entries?
(a) Requested.
(b) Standard.
(c) Necessary.
(d) Minimal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ted Hughes asked that Anne Stevenson keep Assia's story out of which book?

2. Malcolm drew a parallel between Anne Stevenson's failed relationship and her guilt-ridden past to the subservient role she took on with whom?

3. Anne Stevenson claimed that in her early days in England she reached for a drink much as Sylvia reached for ___________.

4. In what year did Anne Stevenson write to Olwyn about never contacting her again?

5. A. Alvarez claimed to have thought that Bitter Fame was an example of ___________.

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