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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who wrote Finnegan's Wake?
(a) Flaubert.
(b) Robbe-Grillet.
(c) Nabokov.
(d) Joyce.

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

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

5. Which author wrote A Tale of Two Cities?
(a) Bedlow.
(b) Melville.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Steinbeck.

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

7. 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 prove himself.
(d) A tendency to drink.

8. What does Gardner state in Chapter 1 that we call a writer who cares more for language than the other elements of fiction?
(a) Stylized.
(b) Bad.
(c) Tedious.
(d) Mannered.

9. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?
(a) Salinger.
(b) Joyce.
(c) Miller.
(d) Langland.

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

11. What does Gardner say we call a writer who has less feeling for his characters than we feel they deserve?
(a) Mannered.
(b) Tedious.
(c) Stylized.
(d) Frigid.

12. What anthology of fiction did Gardner publish with a colleague at Chico College?
(a) Dragon, Dragon, and Other Tales.
(b) The Complete Works of the Gawain Poet.
(c) The Life and Times of Chaucer.
(d) The Forms of Fiction.

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

14. What did Garner always wear, according to Raymond Carver in the Forward?
(a) A gray fedora.
(b) A black suit.
(c) A gray suit.
(d) A brown suit.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Gardner say "breeds success" in Chapter 1?

4. 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?

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

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