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

2. Who does Gardner suggest writing to for information on reliable agents?

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

4. If a writer agrees with the notes an editor sends, he should do what with his manuscript?

5. Where does the manuscript of a book go after the copy editor is finished with it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Are all good writers good teachers? What does Gardner say of this in Chapter 2?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the qualities which make a good or a bad teacher in a fiction writing class. What are some of the "red flags" which indicate an author should leave the program?

Essay Topic 2

What does Gardner mean in Chapter 1 when he refers to "verbal sensitivity"? What does this phrase mean and not mean to the author?

Essay Topic 3

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"?

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