The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Test | Final 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. A. Alvarez claimed that Olwyn and Ted Hughes probably chose Anne Stevenson to write a biography on Sylvia because they could ______________.

2. How many years of hell did Ted Hughes go through after Sylvia's death, according to Anne Stevenson in Part Two: Chapter IV?

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

4. To assuage Ted's hurt artistic side, A. Alvarez wrote in a letter that he felt Ted and Sylvia were ______________.

5. In what year did Anne Stevenson write to Olwyn about never contacting her again?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Alvarez tell Malcolm about Ted and Sylvia's relationship in Part Two: Chapter VII?

2. When and why did Ted Hughes and A. Alvarez put their differences behind them?

3. What did Malcolm write of the unread letter in Part Three: Chapter III?

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

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

6. How did Clarissa Roche know Sylvia Plath?

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

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

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

10. What did Anne Stevenson reveal about Ted Hughes in her interview with Malcolm in Part Two: Chapter IV?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between Anne Stevenson and Ted and Olwyn Hughes. How did Anne come to work with Olwyn on the biography?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the correlations between Anne Stevenson's life and that of Sylvia Plath. What similarities did these female writers share? What differences?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the biography The Haunting of Sylvia Plath. When was it published and by whom?

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