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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What word does Gardner use to mean a phrase is worn out and overused?
(a) Trite.
(b) Cliche.
(c) Sentimental.
(d) Ironic.

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

5. Gardner notes in Chapter 1 that all writing requires some measure of a ____ state.
(a) Brave.
(b) Fearful.
(c) Confident.
(d) Trance.

6. Which author does Gardner say has a style at parties to take to the floor at any cost, telling funny stories?
(a) Bernard Malamud.
(b) Joyce Carol Oates.
(c) Truman Capote.
(d) Stanley Elkin.

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

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

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

10. 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.

11. Gardner writes in Chapter 1 that when the central character is a victim there is no what?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Action.
(c) Terror.
(d) Suspense.

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

13. 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."

14. What is the honest answer to the question most young writer's ask of "Do I have what it takes to be a writer?" according to Gardner?
(a) "Definitely no."
(b) "God only knows."
(c) "Definitely yet."
(d) "You'll know in time."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gardner claim is helpful, if it can be kept in partial control, to keep the novelist driven?

2. In what novel does Gardner note the rooftop scene as being one of surprise in Chapter 1?

3. Who is the author of Death in Venice?

4. 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?

5. Which author wrote A Tale of Two Cities?

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