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. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?

2. Who wrote The World According to Garp?

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

4. To which editor at New American Library did Gardner send The Sunlight Diaries?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Gardner write of writers' workshops 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 should the successful teacher do for his writing students, according to Gardner?

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

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

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

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 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 3

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

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