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. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that the "true young novelist has the stamina, patience, and single-mindedness of a" what?

3. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?

4. In Chapter 2, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?

5. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?

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 regarding the study of philosophy and psychology?

3. What are Gardner's workshops like for writers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Gardner's thoughts on William Faulkner. What does Gardner write about his use of dialect and language? Does he regard Faulkner as great? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the process of getting a book published, from the first manuscript submission to the book on the shelf.

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