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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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) Kierkegaard.
(c) Plato.
(d) Socrates.

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

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

7. What kind of intelligence does Gardner say is important to the writer in Chapter 1?
(a) Mathematics.
(b) Philosophical.
(c) Storyteller's.
(d) Psychological.

8. What year did Raymond Carver move to Chico, California?
(a) 1958.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1965.

9. 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) Faulkner.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Salinger.

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

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

12. Gardner claims he has been happy writing since the age of what?
(a) 6.
(b) 12.
(c) 8.
(d) 16.

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

14. Gardner writes in Chapter 1 that if one studies with whom, does he learn that Shakespeare is better than Mickey Spillane?
(a) Dr. Stanley Fish.
(b) Dr. Michael Mortenson.
(c) Dr. Martin Meyer.
(d) Dr. Andrew Dryd.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gardner say we call a writer who has less feeling for his characters than we feel they deserve?

2. Which title does Raymond Carver say is the only one he recalls of John Gardner's manuscripts in the Forward?

3. What masterpiece of James Joyce does Gardner suggest typing out for language growth in Chapter 1?

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

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

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