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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. What is, according to Gardner, the one quality in fiction that cannot be faked?
(a) Honor.
(b) Love.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Strangeness.

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

3. What is one of the philosophers who has maintained that words inevitably distance us from the brute existence, according to Gardner in Chapter 1?
(a) Plato.
(b) Nietzsche.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Kierkegaard.

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

5. Who developed the style of the "epiphany story" in The Dubliners?
(a) Beckett.
(b) McKinley.
(c) Joyce.
(d) Conrad.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which author does Gardner state had "gazelle eyes" which dominated the room in Chapter 1?

3. What is the honest answer to the question most young writer's ask of "Do I have what it takes to be a writer?" according to Gardner?

4. Gardner writes in Chapter 1 that if one studies with whom, does he learn that Shakespeare is better than Mickey Spillane?

5. What kind of intelligence does Gardner say is important to the writer in Chapter 1?

(see the answer key)

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