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 is one of the only programs for funding for writers on the governmental level?

2. If a writer agrees with the notes an editor sends, he should do what with his manuscript?

3. What organization does Gardner suggest for help in locating good teachers, advice on fellowships, etc.?

4. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the "best" way to sustain a living as a writer, according to Gardner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does Gardner mean in Chapter 1 when he refers to "verbal sensitivity"? What does this phrase mean and not mean to the author?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss what Gardner refers to as "faith" in the final chapter. Where does the author find faith? How should the author go about escaping writer's block?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the author's keen sense of observation. Why is this necessary? How does it affect the author?

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