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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the author of Death in Venice?
(a) Clifford Odets.
(b) William Shakespeare.
(c) Herman Melville.
(d) Thomas Mann.

2. 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) Stylized.
(d) Tedious.

3. Gardner suggests that the dazzling poetry of Mercutio's Queen Mab speech is not the same poetry that who speaks?
(a) Macbeth.
(b) Hamlet.
(c) Petrucio.
(d) Juliet.

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

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

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

7. Gardner states that in the works of Shakespeare, language always serves character and what?
(a) Irony.
(b) Wit.
(c) Aesthetic.
(d) Action.

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

9. Who is the author of The Turn of the Screw?
(a) Dylan Thomas.
(b) Henry James.
(c) Henry Melville.
(d) James Joyce.

10. Of whose writing does Gardner say that no reader can doubt the impulse to capture real life, "the special quality of country-Welsh craziness"?
(a) Dylan Thomas.
(b) John Updike.
(c) Samuel Beckett.
(d) Shakespeare.

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

12. 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.

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

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

15. 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) Hemingway.
(b) Salinger.
(c) Faulkner.
(d) Joyce.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of Crime and Punishment?

2. Whose disguise in Jane Eyre does Gardner comment on as surprising in Chapter 1?

3. Gardner states in Chapter 1 that Canterbury Tales is a disguised what?

4. What painter does Gardner remark in Chapter 1 never sold a painting in his life?

5. Which author wrote A Tale of Two Cities?

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