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

2. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."

3. The main commitment of famous writers as teachers is what?

4. Gardner notes in Chapter 3 that all second-rate stories tend to do what?

5. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher allows or even encourages what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Gardner write of writers' workshops in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

Compare the language and characterizations of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, and John Updike. How do these authors approach character differently?

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