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 does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?

2. What is one of the more reputedly good magazines that Gardner suggests publication in?

3. What other author did Herman Melville have among his circle of friends?

4. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the qualities which make a good or a bad teacher in a fiction writing class. What are some of the "red flags" which indicate an author should leave the program?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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