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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 did Garner always wear, according to Raymond Carver in the Forward?
(a) A gray fedora.
(b) A brown suit.
(c) A gray suit.
(d) A black suit.

2. Who wrote Divine Comedy?
(a) Chekhov.
(b) Dante.
(c) Bloom.
(d) Joyce.

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

4. What story of Robert Penn Warren's did Raymond Carver read in Gardner's class at Chico State College?
(a) "Last of the Mohicans."
(b) "Blackberry Winter."
(c) "To Have and Have Not."
(d) "Ulysses."

5. To whose poetry and prose had Gardner made allusions to in the novel Grendel?
(a) Percy Shelley.
(b) Lord Byron.
(c) William Blake.
(d) Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Short Answer Questions

1. Gardner states that in the works of Shakespeare, language always serves character and what?

2. 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"?

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

4. In what novel does Levin propose to Kitty, as cited in Chapter 1?

5. What does Gardner say we call a writer who has less feeling for his characters than we feel they deserve?

(see the answer key)

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