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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Gardner claim is helpful, if it can be kept in partial control, to keep the novelist driven?
(a) A need for love.
(b) A psychological wound.
(c) A tendency to drink.
(d) A tendency to prove himself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In Chapter 1, Gardner writes, "Though there are exceptions, as a rule the good novelist does not worry primarily about ____ brilliance."
(a) Auditory.
(b) Artistic.
(c) Creative.
(d) Linguistic.

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

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

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

13. 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) Immature.
(d) Impossible.

14. 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) Mannered.
(d) Tedious.

15. What author does Gardner say has a deep misanthropic mistrust in Chapter 1?
(a) Steinbeck.
(b) Flaubert.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Bedlow.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the man who moves next door to his teenage daughter in Gardner's hypothetical story in Chapter 1?

2. In Chapter 1, Gardner writes that one is unable to write for everyone, "try to win the audience both of Saul Bellow and" whom?

3. What author does Gardner remark has a bad habit of breaking the vivid and continuous dream by pouring on the rhetoric in Chapter 1?

4. Who is the author of Crime and Punishment?

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

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