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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What author does Gardner say was known to arrive at a party and sit for ten minutes or more staring at guests and not answering when people addressed him in Chapter1?
(a) Moliere.
(b) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Anthony Trollope.

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

4. 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.

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

6. Gardner compares Melville's Moby Dick with what in Chapter 1?
(a) To Have and Have Not.
(b) Emma.
(c) Anna Karanina.
(d) Omoo.

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

8. What book was Gardner writing when he remembered the altered sense coming over him while in the last chapter?
(a) Nickel Mountain.
(b) Grendel.
(c) October Light.
(d) The Resurrection.

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

10. 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) Charles Dickens.
(d) James Joyce.

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

12. With what older colleague did Gardner publish an anthology of fiction at Chico College?
(a) James Fenway.
(b) David Wellesley.
(c) Michael Ewing.
(d) Lennis Dunlap.

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

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) Mannered.
(c) Tedious.
(d) Bad.

15. Which sci-fi author wrote A Canticle for Liebowitz?
(a) J.D. Salinger.
(b) Kurt Vonnegut.
(c) Walter M. Miller, Jr.
(d) Jack Humphries.

Short Answer Questions

1. What author does Gardner say has a deep misanthropic mistrust in Chapter 1?

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

3. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?

4. What magazine does Gardner suggest for good literary work in Chapter 1?

5. What story of Robert Penn Warren's did Raymond Carver read in Gardner's class at Chico State College?

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