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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) Oberlin College.
(d) DePaul University.

2. 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 King's Indian.
(c) The Life and Times of Chaucer.
(d) Grendel.

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

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

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

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

7. 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) Salinger.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Faulkner.

8. Who is the author of All the King's Men?
(a) William Faulkner.
(b) Franz Kafka.
(c) Ernest Hemingway.
(d) Robert Penn Warren.

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

10. Of what author does Gardner say his heroes are clown-heroes knocked around by the universe?
(a) Kafka.
(b) James.
(c) Odets.
(d) Hemingway.

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

12. 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) Stuart Waterman.
(d) Michael A. Morris.

13. What kind of intelligence does Gardner say is important to the writer in Chapter 1?
(a) Mathematics.
(b) Storyteller's.
(c) Psychological.
(d) Philosophical.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What psychologist suggests that Jack and the Beanstalk is about penis envy?

2. Of whose writing does Gardner say that no reader can doubt the impulse to capture real life, "the special quality of country-Welsh craziness"?

3. What does Gardner say that good fiction starts off in the reader's head?

4. The two things that keep the common reader turning the pages, according to Gardner are story or what?

5. What author of Over the Edge does Gardner cite in Chapter 1?

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