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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what novel does Levin propose to Kitty, as cited in Chapter 1?
(a) Emma.
(b) Anna Karenina.
(c) Nicholas Nickleby.
(d) Crime and Punishment.

2. What author does Gardner remark has a persistent mean streak in his writing?
(a) Hemingway.
(b) Kerouac.
(c) Salinger.
(d) Joyce.

3. What does Gardner say that good fiction starts off in the reader's head?
(a) An addiction.
(b) A continuous dream.
(c) A nightmare.
(d) A hunger for more.

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

5. Gardner states in Chapter 1 that Canterbury Tales is a disguised what?
(a) Shakespearean ode.
(b) Sermon.
(c) Love poem.
(d) War poem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. Who wrote Bartelby the Scrivener?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) James Joyce.
(c) Thomas Mann.
(d) Herman Melville.

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

14. Gardner states that the effective writer leads the reader into a continuous what?
(a) Story line.
(b) Trance.
(c) Characterization.
(d) Dream.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first thing that Gardner states a writer needs to have in Chapter 1?

2. What author of Over the Edge does Gardner cite in Chapter 1?

3. Where had John Gardner taught before Chico State College?

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

5. Gardner writes in Chapter 1 that if one studies with whom, does he learn that Shakespeare is better than Mickey Spillane?

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