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

2. What psychologist suggests that Jack and the Beanstalk is about penis envy?
(a) Bruno Bettelheim.
(b) Carl Jung.
(c) Madison Thomas.
(d) Sigmund Freud.

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

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

5. What word does Gardner use to mean a phrase is worn out and overused?
(a) Sentimental.
(b) Ironic.
(c) Trite.
(d) Cliche.

Short Answer Questions

1. What author does Gardner remark has a persistent mean streak in his writing?

2. Who wrote Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy?

3. Of what author does Gardner say his heroes are clown-heroes knocked around by the universe?

4. Who is the author of Death in Venice?

5. With what older colleague did Gardner publish an anthology of fiction at Chico College?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Gardner say of writers with "bad taste" in language in Chapter 1?

5. How does the young author learn technique through reading others?

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

7. What does Gardner write of Nabokov in Chapter 1?

8. What does Gardner relate about the "author's character" in Chapter 1? How does he describe "special intelligence?"

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

10. What does Gardner assert of the author learning character through television in Chapter 1?

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