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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 need for love.
(c) A tendency to drink.
(d) A tendency to prove himself.

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

4. Gardner claims he has been happy writing since the age of what?
(a) 6.
(b) 8.
(c) 12.
(d) 16.

5. What author does Gardner say was known to arrive at a party and sit for ten minutes or more staring at guests and not answering when people addressed him in Chapter1?
(a) Moliere.
(b) Anthony Trollope.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

7. Gardner compares Melville's Moby Dick with what in Chapter 1?
(a) Emma.
(b) Omoo.
(c) Anna Karanina.
(d) To Have and Have Not.

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

9. Where did Raymond Carver move to Chico, California from?
(a) Washington.
(b) Arkansas.
(c) Connecticut.
(d) Wyoming.

10. Who wrote Bartelby the Scrivener?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) James Joyce.
(c) Thomas Mann.
(d) Herman Melville.

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

12. Who is the author of Crime and Punishment?
(a) Joyce.
(b) Flannagan.
(c) Dostoevsky.
(d) Nabokov.

13. Gardner suggests the young writer get a first-rate freshman composition book such as An American Rhetoric by whom?
(a) James A. Richards.
(b) W. W. Watt.
(c) Michael A. Morris.
(d) Stuart Waterman.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Which title does Raymond Carver say is the only one he recalls of John Gardner's manuscripts in the Forward?

4. In Chapter 1, Gardner writes, "Though there are exceptions, as a rule the good novelist does not worry primarily about ____ brilliance."

5. Gardner suggests that the dazzling poetry of Mercutio's Queen Mab speech is not the same poetry that who speaks?

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