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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 states in Chapter 1 that Canterbury Tales is a disguised what?
(a) Love poem.
(b) War poem.
(c) Sermon.
(d) Shakespearean ode.

2. What psychologist suggests that Jack and the Beanstalk is about penis envy?
(a) Carl Jung.
(b) Sigmund Freud.
(c) Bruno Bettelheim.
(d) Madison Thomas.

3. Gardner notes in Chapter 1 that Mercutio's madness is fantastic and what?
(a) Phantasmic.
(b) Ironic.
(c) Unbalanced.
(d) Justified.

4. 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"?
(a) William Faulkner.
(b) John Updike.
(c) Dylan Thomas.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what author does Gardner say his heroes are clown-heroes knocked around by the universe?

2. What word does Gardner use to mean a phrase is worn out and overused?

3. Gardner compares Melville's Moby Dick with what in Chapter 1?

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

5. Who is the author of Death in Venice?

(see the answer key)

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