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. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?

2. Where does the manuscript of a book go after the copy editor is finished with it?

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

4. What teacher and poet is quoted as saying, "My object is to catch right now what will embarrass my students when they look at their poetry ten years from now"?

5. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why must a teacher avoid projecting their aesthetic view on writers?

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

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

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

6. What does Gardner say in regard to literary dynasties and writing workshops in Chapter 2?

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

8. Describe some of the qualities of bad writing workshops in Chapter 2.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the benefits of earning a graduate degree from a writer's workshop. In what ways can this be beneficial for the author?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the career of Raymond Carver. How did he come to study with John Gardner? What does he relate of his experiences as Gardner's student?

Essay Topic 3

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

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