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. Who wrote The World According to Garp?

2. 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"?

3. Gardner claims in Chapter 3 that rejection by an agent means more than rejection by a what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 exceptions that Gardner makes in reference to James Joyce, Franz Kafka, and Samuel Beckett. What in their writing differs from the traditional and still "works"?

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