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 are the long pages from the typesetter, marked up by the proofreader for typographical errors?

2. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."

3. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?

4. Letters to publishing houses should ideally be addressed to whom?

5. Which writing teacher and author is famous for the energy and relative success with which he pushes his students' work at appropriate editors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Gardner say in the beginning of Chapter 2 regarding author education and state funding?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the differences between Melville's Onoo and Moby Dick. How does Gardner illustrate this in the text?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the biographical history of John Gardner. How did he come to writing? What was his childhood like? Where did he study?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the negative aspects of going for a graduate degree from a writer's workshop. What cons does Gardner cite for these programs?

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