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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Gardner states that the effective writer leads the reader into a continuous what?
(a) Characterization.
(b) Story line.
(c) Dream.
(d) Trance.

7. Of what author does Gardner say his heroes are clown-heroes knocked around by the universe?
(a) Kafka.
(b) James.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Odets.

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

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

10. What does Gardner claim is helpful, if it can be kept in partial control, to keep the novelist driven?
(a) A psychological wound.
(b) A tendency to drink.
(c) A need for love.
(d) A tendency to prove himself.

11. Gardner suggests that the dazzling poetry of Mercutio's Queen Mab speech is not the same poetry that who speaks?
(a) Juliet.
(b) Petrucio.
(c) Macbeth.
(d) Hamlet.

12. Who is the author of All the King's Men?
(a) Franz Kafka.
(b) Robert Penn Warren.
(c) William Faulkner.
(d) Ernest Hemingway.

13. What does Gardner say we call a writer who has less feeling for his characters than we feel they deserve?
(a) Tedious.
(b) Mannered.
(c) Frigid.
(d) Stylized.

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

15. What does Gardner compare to the floors and structural supports in a fine old mansion in Chapter 1?
(a) Plot.
(b) Theme.
(c) Character.
(d) Action.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Gardner's first wife's name?

2. Gardner claims he has been happy writing since the age of what?

3. Gardner notes in Chapter 1 that all writing requires some measure of a ____ state.

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

5. Gardner notes in Chapter 1 that Mercutio's madness is fantastic and what?

(see the answer keys)

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