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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What poem from Ariel is written in nine 7-line stanzas, totaling sixty-three lines, and follows no rhyme scheme?
(a) Medusa.
(b) Morning Song.
(c) Tulips.
(d) The Bee Meeting.

2. 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) A rollercoaster.
(b) Not perfect.
(c) Dramatic.
(d) In the public domain.

3. In a letter to Anne Stevenson, Ted defended his stance of publicly disassociating himself from ________.
(a) Literature.
(b) A. Alvarez.
(c) Bitter Fame.
(d) Sylvia Plath.

4. When The Journals of Sylvia Plath were published, it left many thinking that the words and spirit of Sylvia had been ___________.
(a) Immortalized.
(b) Lies.
(c) Repressed.
(d) Remembered.

5. In Part Three: Chapter IV, Malcolm had another run-in with Olwyn, who felt she took Sylvia's side when a former boyfriend she interviewed felt Sylvia had __________.
(a) Suicidal thoughts.
(b) Borderline personality.
(c) Psychological issues.
(d) Excessive emotion.

6. What was the title of Ted Hughes' last work?
(a) The Hawk in the Rain.
(b) Flowers and Insects.
(c) Birthday Letters.
(d) Wolfwatching.

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

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

9. When was Anne Stevenson's book Living in America: Poems published?
(a) 1979.
(b) 1969.
(c) 1965.
(d) 1971.

10. Sylvia Plath met Ted Hughes during her last year at which school?
(a) Smith College.
(b) Dartmouth College.
(c) Yale University.
(d) Brown University.

11. Ted Hughes was outraged by Rose's inference that Plath questioned her sexual identity in what work?
(a) Letters Home.
(b) Rabbit Catcher.
(c) The Savage God.
(d) The Haunting of Sylvia Plath.

12. When did Ted Hughes die?
(a) 2000.
(b) 1998.
(c) 2001.
(d) 1997.

13. Malcolm drew a parallel between Anne Stevenson's failed relationship and her guilt-ridden past to the subservient role she took on with whom?
(a) Ted Hughes.
(b) Owlyn Hughes.
(c) Phillip Hobsbaum.
(d) Dido Merwin.

14. Anne Stevenson claimed that in her early days in England she reached for a drink much as Sylvia reached for ___________.
(a) Understanding.
(b) Suicide.
(c) Fame.
(d) Rescue.

15. The protagonist in The Bell Jar is from suburbs outside what city?
(a) Boston, Massachusetts.
(b) Miami, Florida.
(c) Chicago, Illinois.
(d) San Francisco, California.

Short Answer Questions

1. Elizabeth Sigmund recounted an incident, soon after Sylvia's death, in which Ted did all except __________.

2. There was always a close association between Sylvia's work and what?

3. How did Trevor Thomas know Sylvia Plath?

4. Sylvia resigned from teaching when she and Ted decided to make a living on __________.

5. In a letter to her former lover at the end of their relationship, Sylvia told him, "Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything it is because we are dangerously near to wanting __________."

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