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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 1, Gardner writes, "Though there are exceptions, as a rule the good novelist does not worry primarily about ____ brilliance."
(a) Artistic.
(b) Creative.
(c) Linguistic.
(d) Auditory.

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) Shakespeare.
(b) Samuel Beckett.
(c) John Updike.
(d) Dylan Thomas.

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

7. What does Gardner state in Chapter 1 that we call a writer who cares more for language than the other elements of fiction?
(a) Stylized.
(b) Tedious.
(c) Bad.
(d) Mannered.

8. Which title does Raymond Carver say is the only one he recalls of John Gardner's manuscripts in the Forward?
(a) The King's Indian.
(b) Nickel Mountain.
(c) Grendel.
(d) The Life and Times of Chaucer.

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

10. What author of Over the Edge does Gardner cite in Chapter 1?
(a) Harlan Ellison.
(b) James Joyce.
(c) Kurt Vonnegut.
(d) Franz Kafka.

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

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

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

14. Whose disguise in Jane Eyre does Gardner comment on as surprising in Chapter 1?
(a) Mr. Rochester.
(b) Mr. Wolverton.
(c) Mr. Darby.
(d) Mr. Bryg.

15. What book was Gardner writing when he remembered the altered sense coming over him while in the last chapter?
(a) Grendel.
(b) The Resurrection.
(c) October Light.
(d) Nickel Mountain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the philosophers who has maintained that words inevitably distance us from the brute existence, according to Gardner in Chapter 1?

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

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

4. What masterpiece of James Joyce does Gardner suggest typing out for language growth in Chapter 1?

5. What name does Gardner assign to the teenage daughter whose unknown father moves next door in Chapter 1?

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