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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What story of Robert Penn Warren's did Raymond Carver read in Gardner's class at Chico State College?
(a) "Last of the Mohicans."
(b) "Blackberry Winter."
(c) "Ulysses."
(d) "To Have and Have Not."

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

4. 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.

5. Where had John Gardner taught before Chico State College?
(a) Oberlin College.
(b) DePaul University.
(c) University of Ohio.
(d) New York University.

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

7. 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) Samuel Beckett.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Dylan Thomas.
(d) John Updike.

8. What is one of the philosophers who has maintained that words inevitably distance us from the brute existence, according to Gardner in Chapter 1?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Plato.
(c) Kierkegaard.
(d) Socrates.

9. In what novel does Gardner note the rooftop scene as being one of surprise in Chapter 1?
(a) Nicholas Nickleby.
(b) Emma.
(c) Seize the Day.
(d) Crime and Punishment.

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

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

12. Who wrote Divine Comedy?
(a) Dante.
(b) Joyce.
(c) Bloom.
(d) Chekhov.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?

2. What book was Gardner writing when he remembered the altered sense coming over him while in the last chapter?

3. What does Gardner claim is helpful, if it can be kept in partial control, to keep the novelist driven?

4. Gardner notes in Chapter 1 that all writing requires some measure of a ____ state.

5. What author does Gardner remark has a persistent mean streak in his writing?

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