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 more reputedly good magazines that Gardner suggests publication in?

2. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?

3. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?

4. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that for a young novelist, an agent is all but what?

5. Who wrote The World According to Garp?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Gardner write about rejection letters in Chapter 3?

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

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

6. What does Gardner say regarding the study of philosophy and psychology?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the language and characterizations of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, and John Updike. How do these authors approach character differently?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the negative aspects of going for a graduate degree from a writer's workshop. What cons does Gardner cite for these programs?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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