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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. What was the name of the man Sylvia was involved with when she met Ted Hughes?
(a) David Neighbors.
(b) Ralph Brighton.
(c) Richard Sassoon.
(d) Abraham Thompson.

2. What did Ted Hughes called Alvarez' assertion that there was a professional jealousy between him and Sylvia?
(a) Accurate.
(b) Unfounded.
(c) Absurd.
(d) Partially true.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Anne Stevenson wrote that "it took me two unhappy marriages and ____ children to make me reconsider my assumptions."

2. What memoir did Trevor Thomas write that described Sylvia Plath?

3. Almost every writer, Anne Stevenson concluded, has some form of depression which stems from the internal nagging that the writer was not _____________.

4. Clarissa Roche first knew Sylvia Plath from when she was teaching in what years?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What letter did Plath write to Richard Sassoon in The Journals of Sylvia Plath? How did this relate to her later poetry?

2. How did Elizabeth Sigmund describe Olwyn Hughes?

3. Who was Richard Sassoon? How did Sylvia know him?

4. How did Clarissa Roche know Sylvia Plath?

5. What did Ted Hughes write to Anne Stevenson regarding Bitter Fame?

6. When and why did Anne Stevenson and Olwyn Hughes put their differences behind them?

7. What did Anne Stevenson assert as her take on Sylvia in a letter to Malcolm?

8. How did the editor of The Journals of Sylvia Plath defend herself to criticism?

9. What kind of life did Anne Stevenson live? How was she similar to Sylvia Plath?

10. Where did Malcolm detour on her way to visit Clarissa Roche? Why?

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