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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to a letter from Anne Stevenson in which she provided her take on Sylvia and her work, Sylvia had used poetry as a way to stage her own what?

2. Alvarez responded to Ted Hughes in letters that his work was honest and not one of _____________.

3. Jacqueline Rose only dealt with Olwyn Hughes when asking to publish _________ in her biography.

4. The editor of The Journals of Sylvia Plath defended her cuts as ___________ when publishing such raw material as journal entries?

5. Immediately after Sylvia's suicide, whom did Elizabeth Sigmund blame?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the role that literary criticism plays in the publication of books. What impact do critics have on book sales and the public opinion of works?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze Sylvia Plath's The Wishing Box. How was Plath's personal life and emotional state revealed in the work? When was it published?

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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