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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gardner state in Chapter 1 that we call a writer who cares more for language than the other elements of fiction?

2. What word does Gardner use to mean a phrase is worn out and overused?

3. What anthology of fiction did Gardner publish with a colleague at Chico College?

4. Gardner suggests that the dazzling poetry of Mercutio's Queen Mab speech is not the same poetry that who speaks?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What authors does Gardner use to illustrate language and character in Chapter 1?

2. What state does good fiction elicit in the reader, according to Gardner?

3. What does Gardner say of "recognizing the significant" in Chapter 1?

4. What essential things must an aspiring author understand in order to pursue writing?

5. What does Gardner remark about theme 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 say in Chapter 1 regarding "verbal sensitivity?" What does this term mean?

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

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

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

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