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. What author once remarked "the best way to become a writer is to go off and write"?

2. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?

3. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?

4. What is one of the only programs for funding for writers on the governmental level?

5. In Chapter 3, Gardner writes, "One hears the complaint that conferences lead to a kind of writer ____."

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gardner explain the detailed letter from an editor and the author's choice of revision?

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

3. What does Gardner write about rejection letters in Chapter 3?

4. What is the "best" way to sustain a living as a writer, according to Gardner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the negative aspects of going for a graduate degree from a writer's workshop. What cons does Gardner cite for these programs?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Gardner's thoughts on William Faulkner. What does Gardner write about his use of dialect and language? Does he regard Faulkner as great? Why or why not?

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