On Becoming a Novelist Test | Final 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. The study of what can give the young writer a clear sense of why our age is so troubled?

2. Which writing teacher and author is famous for the energy and relative success with which he pushes his students' work at appropriate editors?

3. Who is cited as the head of the writing program at Johns Hopkins and favors new and strange styles?

4. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that an individual style is developed as much by resistance as by what?

5. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in the workshop he is teaching he encountered a story which he hopes to publish titled what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gardner cite as the assets of having an agent in Chapter 3?

3. What does Gardner say of supporting oneself as a writer in Chapter 3?

4. Describe some of the qualities of bad writing workshops in Chapter 2.

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

6. What should the successful teacher do for his writing students, according to Gardner?

7. What does Gardner say of editors in Chapter 3? What can one do to appeal to an editor?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the differences between Melville's Onoo and Moby Dick. How does Gardner illustrate this in the text?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss what Gardner refers to as "special intelligence" in the writer. How does Gardner's definition of intelligence differ from the dictionary definition?

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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