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 the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?

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

3. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that a writer has to go far out of his way to turn his what against him?

4. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What autobiographical experiences does Gardner relate regarding editors in Chapter 3?

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

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

5. What does Gardner write of the standard technique of teaching writing in Chapter 2?

6. What are Gardner's workshops like for writers?

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss Gardner's feelings about the element of "theme" when writing. Where is "theme" useful? Where is it not?

Essay Topic 3

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

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