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

2. Ted felt that Sylvia's work lacked what element?
(a) Truth.
(b) Proofreading.
(c) Emotion.
(d) Perspective.

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

4. A. Alvarez claimed that Olwyn and Ted Hughes probably chose Anne Stevenson to write a biography on Sylvia because they could ______________.
(a) Feel good about themselves.
(b) Believe in her.
(c) Manipulate her.
(d) Profit from her.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Ariel published?

2. To A. Alvarez, Anne Stevenson was a minor writer writing about a major writer and thus there was natural ____________.

3. Sylvia Plath met Ted Hughes during her last year at which school?

4. What poem written by Sylvia Plath, originally collected in the posthumously published volume Ariel, describes the speaker's oppression with the use of World War II Nazi Germany allusions and images?

5. How did Trevor Thomas know Sylvia Plath?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Clarissa Roche know Sylvia Plath?

3. What parallel did Malcolm make of Anne Stevenson's relationship to Olwyn Hughes?

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

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

6. When was The Haunting of Sylvia Plath written? What was its premise?

7. How did Elizabeth Sigmund describe Olwyn Hughes?

8. Who was Trevor Thomas? What did Malcolm learn from him?

9. What was A. Alvarez's main criticism about Anne Stevenson's biography of Sylvia?

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

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