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 the name of the writer's conference where Gardner has frequently worked with writing assistants?

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

3. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?

4. In Chapter 2, Gardner notes that "The wide range of opinion in a class affords increases the writer's chance of getting a _____."

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gardner explain the detailed letter from an editor and the author's choice of revision?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

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

What subjects are worthwhile or important for the author in gaining a well-rounded education? Why?

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