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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What author of Over the Edge does Gardner cite in Chapter 1?
(a) James Joyce.
(b) Harlan Ellison.
(c) Franz Kafka.
(d) Kurt Vonnegut.

3. In Chapter 1, Gardner writes that one is unable to write for everyone, "try to win the audience both of Saul Bellow and" whom?
(a) Stephen King.
(b) Anton Chekhov.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Charles Dickens.

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

5. 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) John Updike.
(b) William Faulkner.
(c) Dylan Thomas.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

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

8. What author does Gardner remark has a bad habit of breaking the vivid and continuous dream by pouring on the rhetoric in Chapter 1?
(a) Joyce.
(b) Faulkner.
(c) Salinger.
(d) Hemingway.

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

10. Who developed the style of the "epiphany story" in The Dubliners?
(a) McKinley.
(b) Beckett.
(c) Conrad.
(d) Joyce.

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

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

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

14. 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.

15. Who is one of the writers Gardner notes in Chapter 1 as having both a fine ear for language and also a fascination with the materials?
(a) Hemingway.
(b) Fitzgerald.
(c) Joyce.
(d) Proust.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What book was Gardner writing when he remembered the altered sense coming over him while in the last chapter?

3. What did Garner always wear, according to Raymond Carver 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 states in Chapter 1 that Canterbury Tales is a disguised what?

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