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. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."

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

3. The study of what can give the young writer a clear sense of why our age is so troubled?

4. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Where does the author's manuscript go after he reviews the copywriter's corrections?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the process of getting a book published, from the first manuscript submission to the book on the shelf.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss what literary dynasties are. What are some examples of literary dynasties? How does an author go about finding his own community?

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