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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In what novel does Levin propose to Kitty, as cited in Chapter 1?
(a) Nicholas Nickleby.
(b) Anna Karenina.
(c) Emma.
(d) Crime and Punishment.

4. Which author does Gardner state had "gazelle eyes" which dominated the room in Chapter 1?
(a) Joyce Carol Oates.
(b) Anthony Trollope.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

5. What author does Gardner remark has a persistent mean streak in his writing?
(a) Kerouac.
(b) Joyce.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Salinger.

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

7. What masterpiece of James Joyce does Gardner suggest typing out for language growth in Chapter 1?
(a) "Ulysses."
(b) "The Dead."
(c) "Finnegan's Wake."
(d) "The Wall."

8. What painter does Gardner remark in Chapter 1 never sold a painting in his life?
(a) Van Gogh.
(b) Matisse.
(c) Monet.
(d) Picasso.

9. What does Gardner say "breeds success" in Chapter 1?
(a) Persistence.
(b) Connections.
(c) Success.
(d) Dedication.

10. 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) Nietzsche.
(b) Plato.
(c) Kierkegaard.
(d) Socrates.

11. In what novel does Gardner note the rooftop scene as being one of surprise in Chapter 1?
(a) Emma.
(b) Nicholas Nickleby.
(c) Seize the Day.
(d) Crime and Punishment.

12. Who is the author of The Turn of the Screw?
(a) Henry James.
(b) Dylan Thomas.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Henry Melville.

13. What year did Raymond Carver move to Chico, California?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1958.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1965.

14. The two things that keep the common reader turning the pages, according to Gardner are story or what?
(a) Character.
(b) Mood.
(c) Argument.
(d) Theme.

15. Gardner writes in Chapter 1 that if one studies with whom, does he learn that Shakespeare is better than Mickey Spillane?
(a) Dr. Michael Mortenson.
(b) Dr. Andrew Dryd.
(c) Dr. Martin Meyer.
(d) Dr. Stanley Fish.

Short Answer Questions

1. Gardner refers to boring, worn out language as being what kind of mask?

2. Who wrote Bartelby the Scrivener?

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

4. Gardner writes in Chapter 1 that when the central character is a victim there is no what?

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

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