On Becoming a Novelist Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was William Gass publishing at New American Library?

2. Which manuscript did Gardner send out which got a reply suggesting he cut it by a third?

3. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?

4. What is the title of Chapter 3?

5. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that one should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of whom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the benefits of earning a graduate degree from a writer's workshop. In what ways can this be beneficial for the author?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the roles of plot, setting, and character in a novel. Which is the most important to Gardner? Why?

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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