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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) James Joyce.
(b) Stephen King.
(c) Charles Dickens.
(d) Anton Chekhov.

2. Which author wrote A Tale of Two Cities?
(a) Steinbeck.
(b) Bedlow.
(c) Melville.
(d) Dickens.

3. Gardner states that in the works of Shakespeare, language always serves character and what?
(a) Wit.
(b) Aesthetic.
(c) Action.
(d) Irony.

4. Gardner refers to boring, worn out language as being what kind of mask?
(a) Dramatic.
(b) Need-for-approval.
(c) Hamlet.
(d) Pollyanna.

5. Of whose writing does Gardner say that no reader can doubt the impulse to capture real life, "the special quality of country-Welsh craziness"?
(a) Samuel Beckett.
(b) John Updike.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Dylan Thomas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of which writer does Gardner say, "the brilliant language with which he describes a minor character cannot help but suggest that the words he chooses are more important to him than the token secretary behind the desk"?

2. What author of Over the Edge does Gardner cite in Chapter 1?

3. Gardner states that the effective writer leads the reader into a continuous what?

4. What did Garner always wear, according to Raymond Carver in the Forward?

5. What does Gardner say "breeds success" in Chapter 1?

(see the answer key)

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