The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote The Haunting of Sylvia Plath?

2. Janet Malcolm met with Olwyn Hughes in February of what year in Part One: Chapter VI?

3. What university did Janet Malcolm attend?

4. Dealing with Olwyn for three years, Malcolm saw none of the expected ________ in her character?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What friend of Sylvia Plath's commented negatively about her life and death in Part One: Chapter II?

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

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

4. What was Sylvia Plath's response to her mother's criticism of her dark works?

5. What did critic Ronald Hayman write about Bitter Fame?

6. What was A. Alvarez's first impression of Ted and Sylvia? How did that opinion change?

7. Aurelia Plath's intentions in having her daughter's letters published is implied to be in retaliation for what?

8. What lecture did Malcolm read of Anne Stevenson's defense of her biography in Part Two: Chapter I?

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

10. How did Janet Malcolm know Anne Stevenson in their youth? What was Malcolm's opinion of her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss A. Alvarez and his critical response to the book Bitter Fame. What did Alvarez's review state about the work?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Sylvia Plath's relationship with Richard Sassoon. When did they meet? How long did they have a relationship? What ended it?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the two introductions of The Journals of Sylvia Plath and analyze the introductions of each. What differences are in the work of Ted Hughes in the book?

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