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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which philosopher maintained that nothing a writer writes means anything, "all the words are a lunatic blithering," since all language is by nature false and misleading?
(a) Plato.
(b) Heidegger.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Kant.

3. What is the honest answer to the question most young writer's ask of "Do I have what it takes to be a writer?" according to Gardner?
(a) "Definitely yet."
(b) "You'll know in time."
(c) "God only knows."
(d) "Definitely no."

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

5. What is the first thing that Gardner states a writer needs to have in Chapter 1?
(a) Verbal sensitivity.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Empathy.
(d) Wisdom.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What psychologist suggests that Jack and the Beanstalk is about penis envy?

3. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?

4. Who is the author of Death in Venice?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gardner suggest as ways to understand the psychology of characters unlike themselves?

2. What does Gardner remark of the author's sense of observation in Chapter 1?

3. How does Gardner define "setting," "plot," and "theme" in Chapter 1?

4. What does Gardner remark about theme in Chapter 1?

5. What is the "moronic setup" that Gardner relates in Chapter 1?

6. Who does Gardner refer to as the "best" novelists in Chapter 1? What lesson does he cite of them?

7. What does Gardner write about showy language in Chapter 1?

8. What does Gardner write of expressing characters' emotions in Chapter 1?

9. In Chapter 1, what does Gardner say the most common question of the aspiring writer is to him? What is the response?

10. How does Gardner explain characterization and story through his hypothetical story in Chapter 1?

(see the answer keys)

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