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

2. What author does Gardner say has a deep misanthropic mistrust in Chapter 1?
(a) Steinbeck.
(b) Bedlow.
(c) Dickens.
(d) Flaubert.

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

4. Which author does Gardner state had "gazelle eyes" which dominated the room in Chapter 1?
(a) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(b) Anthony Trollope.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Joyce Carol Oates.

5. What does Gardner claim is helpful, if it can be kept in partial control, to keep the novelist driven?
(a) A tendency to drink.
(b) A psychological wound.
(c) A tendency to prove himself.
(d) A need for love.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What author does Gardner remark has a bad habit of breaking the vivid and continuous dream by pouring on the rhetoric in Chapter 1?

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

4. Which author does Gardner say has a style at parties to take to the floor at any cost, telling funny stories?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What psychological wounds does Gardner refer to in Chapter 4 regarding writer's block?

2. What does Gardner remark about the loyalty of an editor?

3. What are some of the qualities that should make an aspiring writer leave a program?

4. What does Gardner open Chapter 3 with, regarding the young writer's focus on publication?

5. What excerpt of fictional novel-writing does Gardner use in Chapter 4?

6. What does Gardner write of the standard technique of teaching writing in Chapter 2?

7. What brings the author feelings of virtue in Chapter 2?

8. Why must a teacher avoid projecting their aesthetic view on writers?

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

10. What does Gardner say in regard to literary dynasties and writing workshops in Chapter 2?

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