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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1, The Writer's Nature, Pages 34-72.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Gardner claims he has been happy writing since the age of what?
(a) 12.
(b) 8.
(c) 16.
(d) 6.

2. What author does Gardner say has a deep misanthropic mistrust in Chapter 1?
(a) Flaubert.
(b) Dickens.
(c) Steinbeck.
(d) Bedlow.

3. Who wrote Bartelby the Scrivener?
(a) Thomas Mann.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Herman Melville.

4. Gardner states that the effective writer leads the reader into a continuous what?
(a) Story line.
(b) Characterization.
(c) Dream.
(d) Trance.

5. In Chapter 1, Gardner writes that one is unable to write for everyone, "try to win the audience both of Saul Bellow and" whom?
(a) Anton Chekhov.
(b) Charles Dickens.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Stephen King.

Short Answer Questions

1. Gardner notes in Chapter 1 that all writing requires some measure of a ____ state.

2. What year did Raymond Carver move to Chico, California?

3. What author does Gardner remark has a bad habit of breaking the vivid and continuous dream by pouring on the rhetoric in Chapter 1?

4. Who is the author of All the King's Men?

5. Which title does Raymond Carver say is the only one he recalls of John Gardner's manuscripts in the Forward?

(see the answer key)

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