On Becoming a Novelist Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word does Gardner use to describe that teaching which tends to emphasize theme and design over feeling and authentic narrative?

2. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?

3. Gardner notes in Chapter 3 that all second-rate stories tend to do what?

4. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?

5. Who wrote the book 1984?

Essay 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 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 3

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

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