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 most important things for a young writer to have, according to Gardner in Chapter 2?

2. What experimental writer does Gardner mention having been moved and delighted by in Chapter 2?

3. In the world of grants, Gardner writes in Chapter 2, who has a better chance than other artists?

4. Gardner writes that one editor insisted on changing his punctuation based on some rule he learned where?

5. How did ancient poets get around means of survival, if not attaching themselves to kings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Gardner say regarding the study of philosophy and psychology?

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

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

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

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

9. What brings the author feelings of virtue in Chapter 2?

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss what Gardner refers to as "faith" in the final chapter. Where does the author find faith? How should the author go about escaping writer's block?

Essay Topic 3

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

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