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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of Piers Plowman?

2. Who is the author of Crime and Punishment?

3. What kind of intelligence does Gardner say is important to the writer in Chapter 1?

4. Who developed the style of the "epiphany story" in The Dubliners?

5. The two things that keep the common reader turning the pages, according to Gardner are story or what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is writing usually rejected, according to Gardner?

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

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

4. What does Gardner say of finding support for the author in Chapter 3?

5. How does Gardner suggest "building up" oneself to writing novels in Chapter 4?

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

7. Where does the author find faith, according to Gardner in Chapter 4?

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

9. What does Gardner say regarding the study of philosophy and psychology?

10. What does Gardner say in the beginning of Chapter 2 regarding author education and state funding?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare the language and characterizations of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, and John Updike. How do these authors approach character differently?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the exceptions that Gardner makes in reference to James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett. What in their writing differs from the traditional and still "works"?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the career of Raymond Carver. How did he come to study with John Gardner? What does he relate of his experiences as Gardner's student?

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