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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. What did Garner always wear, according to Raymond Carver in the Forward?
(a) A brown suit.
(b) A black suit.
(c) A gray fedora.
(d) A gray suit.

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

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

4. With what older colleague did Gardner publish an anthology of fiction at Chico College?
(a) James Fenway.
(b) Lennis Dunlap.
(c) Michael Ewing.
(d) David Wellesley.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote Divine Comedy?

2. Who is the author of Crime and Punishment?

3. In Chapter 1, Gardner writes, "Though there are exceptions, as a rule the good novelist does not worry primarily about ____ brilliance."

4. In what novel does Levin propose to Kitty, as cited in Chapter 1?

5. Who wrote Finnegan's Wake?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did Gardner learn his method of writing?

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

3. What hypothetical situation does Gardner uses as an example of plot in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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