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, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?

2. Who does Gardner say one can be fooled by the nature of imagining that the best way to become a writer is to be a seaman or a lumberjack?

3. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that one should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of whom?

4. What publishing house did Gardner send Grendel to first?

5. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher takes the place of the student's what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what Gardner refers to as the "moments of magic" in an author's work. How does one recognize these when reading? What examples does Gardner cite?

Essay Topic 2

What does Gardner write about the sense of perception and the ability of writers to create characters unlike themselves? What authors does he remark are excellent at this task?

Essay Topic 3

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

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