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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who wrote Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy?
(a) Theodore Dreiser.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) William Faulkner.
(d) Raymond Carver.

3. Where had John Gardner taught before Chico State College?
(a) New York University.
(b) DePaul University.
(c) University of Ohio.
(d) Oberlin College.

4. What does Gardner say "breeds success" in Chapter 1?
(a) Persistence.
(b) Success.
(c) Dedication.
(d) Connections.

5. What does Gardner say that good fiction starts off in the reader's head?
(a) A hunger for more.
(b) An addiction.
(c) A nightmare.
(d) A continuous dream.

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

7. What is one of the philosophers who has maintained that words inevitably distance us from the brute existence, according to Gardner in Chapter 1?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Plato.
(c) Kierkegaard.
(d) Socrates.

8. The two things that keep the common reader turning the pages, according to Gardner are story or what?
(a) Argument.
(b) Character.
(c) Mood.
(d) Theme.

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

10. Of which writer does Gardner say, "the brilliant language with which he describes a minor character cannot help but suggest that the words he chooses are more important to him than the token secretary behind the desk"?
(a) William Faulkner.
(b) Dylan Thomas.
(c) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(d) John Updike.

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

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

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

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

15. Which sci-fi author wrote A Canticle for Liebowitz?
(a) Jack Humphries.
(b) Walter M. Miller, Jr.
(c) Kurt Vonnegut.
(d) J.D. Salinger.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote Divine Comedy?

2. Where did Raymond Carver move to Chico, California from?

3. 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?

4. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?

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

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