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Multiple Choice Questions

1. With what older colleague did Gardner publish an anthology of fiction at Chico College?
(a) Michael Ewing.
(b) David Wellesley.
(c) James Fenway.
(d) Lennis Dunlap.

2. What was Gardner's first wife's name?
(a) Sarah.
(b) Nora.
(c) Emily.
(d) Joan.

3. Gardner states that in the works of Shakespeare, language always serves character and what?
(a) Wit.
(b) Irony.
(c) Aesthetic.
(d) Action.

4. In Chapter 1, Gardner states that "In a literary culture where the very notion of a 'masterpiece' is commonly thought" what?
(a) Impossible.
(b) Dangerous.
(c) Barbaric.
(d) Immature.

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

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

7. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?
(a) Joyce.
(b) Salinger.
(c) Langland.
(d) Miller.

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

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

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

11. Which philosopher maintained that nothing a writer writes means anything, "all the words are a lunatic blithering," since all language is by nature false and misleading?
(a) Kant.
(b) Nietzsche.
(c) Plato.
(d) Heidegger.

12. What author does Gardner say has a deep misanthropic mistrust in Chapter 1?
(a) Bedlow.
(b) Steinbeck.
(c) Flaubert.
(d) Dickens.

13. What is the first thing that Gardner states a writer needs to have in Chapter 1?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Wisdom.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Verbal sensitivity.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the man who moves next door to his teenage daughter in Gardner's hypothetical story in Chapter 1?

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

3. What does Gardner compare to the floors and structural supports in a fine old mansion in Chapter 1?

4. Which sci-fi author wrote A Canticle for Liebowitz?

5. What year did Raymond Carver move to Chico, California?

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