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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. To what friend of the Hughes was William Stanley Merwin married?
(a) Anne Stevenson.
(b) Dido Milroy.
(c) Janet Malcolm.
(d) Sylvia Plath.

2. Who was named the literary agent for the writings of Sylvia Plath after her death?
(a) Olwyn Hughes .
(b) Dido Milroy.
(c) Janet Malcolm.
(d) Ted Hughes.

3. When Anne Stevenson wrote her biography of Sylvia Plath, she found that she and Sylvia had gone through the same teen-aged angst and sexual frustrations of the American youth of what era?
(a) 1920's.
(b) 1940's.
(c) 1930's.
(d) 1950s.

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

5. The long and confused letter Janet Malcolm received from Olwyn in response in Part One: Chapter IV only reiterated her disdain for ____________.
(a) The Hughes family.
(b) Ted Hughes.
(c) The Sylvia Plath myth.
(d) The postal service.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Anne Stevenson viewed by the author and her peers while at the university?

2. What reprinting of letters, in which Sylvia wrote to her mother and which displayed her nice daughter side, was published by Plath's mother?

3. Who applauded Wagner-Martin for not caving to the demands of the "evil" sister as Anne Stevenson had done?

4. When was The Bell Jar first published?

5. When did Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How old were Sylvia and Ted when Sylvia died? How did she die?

2. What struggle did Ted face after the death of Sylvia Plath?

3. Describe the house Sylvia rented in London. What were her impressions of the residence?

4. When were Ted and Sylvia separated? What did Sylvia reveal to Alvarez during that time?

5. What qualities of Sylvia Plath's work made her appealing to feminists?

6. What power did Olwyn Hughes have over the Plath Library? What was Malcolm's impression of her after working with her on the book?

7. What did Ted Hughes write in the second edition introduction of The Journals of Sylvia Plath? When was it published?

8. What portrait of Sylvia Plath did Anne Stevenson paint in her biography of Sylvia? Why did critics refute that image?

9. What did Aurelia Plath have published regarding Sylvia after her death? Why?

10. How did Sylvia's demeanor and image change from her youth to her death?

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