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. Toward the end of her life, according to Alvarez, Sylvia Plath developed a problem with ___________.

2. What did Sylvia Plath leave for her children when they awoke the night she killed herself?

3. When was A. Alvarez born?

4. In her youth, Sylvia was known for her American neatness and what color hair?

5. How did Sylvia Plath commit suicide?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Ted Hughes wrote two introductions to The Journals of Sylvia Plath. What did he write in the first introduction, and when was this edition published?

3. What did Olwyn Hughes offer Anne Stevenson if she would write a biography about Sylvia?

4. What was the first official bad review of Bitter Fame? Who wrote it?

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

8. What was Anne Stevenson's response at a meeting of the University Women's Club in London where she was being taken to task for her portrayal of Sylvia in her book?

9. What two friends of Sylvia perpetuated the negative image of Ted Hughes? How?

10. How did Anne Stevenson find she related to Sylvia Plath in their youths?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze The Bell Jar and its depiction of Sylvia's relationship with her mother. What about the work did Aurelia find "ungrateful"?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the life and career of the author. What led Janet Malcolm to approach this subject and book?

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