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. Gardner writes in Chapter 3, "Young writers want to ____ because they're unsure of themselves."

2. Who wrote the book 1984?

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

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

5. Who recommended Gardner at New American Library?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Gardner say of editors in Chapter 3? What can one do to appeal to an editor?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

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