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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the long pages from the typesetter, marked up by the proofreader for typographical errors?
(a) Manuscript.
(b) Galleys.
(c) Script.
(d) Novel-preform.

2. What experimental writer does Gardner mention having been moved and delighted by in Chapter 2?
(a) Samuel Beckett.
(b) William Glass.
(c) Tom Robbins.
(d) James Joyce.

3. In the world of grants, Gardner writes in Chapter 2, who has a better chance than other artists?
(a) Actors.
(b) Painters.
(c) Musicians.
(d) Writers.

4. To which editor at New American Library did Gardner send The Sunlight Diaries?
(a) David Segal.
(b) Harry Crews.
(c) Bob Gottlieb.
(d) Michael Harper.

5. What does Gardner say brings together groups of young writers who, even in the absence of superb teachers, can be of help to one another?
(a) Seminars.
(b) Colleges.
(c) Writers' workshops.
(d) Graduate programs.

6. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."
(a) Impulsive.
(b) Superfluous.
(c) Immediate.
(d) Aristocratic.

7. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that the first value of a writer's workshop is that it makes the young writer feel not abnormal but what?
(a) Virtuous.
(b) Smart.
(c) Accepted.
(d) Enlightened.

8. Gardner writes that authors are almost never satisfied with the ____ job their publishers do.
(a) Editing.
(b) Reworking.
(c) Promotion.
(d) Preselling.

9. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?
(a) Symbolic.
(b) Subversive.
(c) Modern enough.
(d) Good.

10. Who is cited as the head of the writing program at Johns Hopkins and favors new and strange styles?
(a) Kurt Vonnegut.
(b) John Barth.
(c) William Glass.
(d) Max Apple.

11. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?
(a) Quality.
(b) Interest.
(c) Luck.
(d) Ability.

12. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?
(a) Emery.
(b) NYU.
(c) Oxford.
(d) Binghamton.

13. What author once remarked "the best way to become a writer is to go off and write"?
(a) Fitzgerald.
(b) Hemingway.
(c) Ibsen.
(d) London.

14. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?
(a) The New York Times Book Review.
(b) The Oxford Journal.
(c) The New Yorker.
(d) The Atlantic.

15. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that a writer has to go far out of his way to turn his what against him?
(a) Agent.
(b) Teacher.
(c) Editor.
(d) Spouse.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Gardner work with as a publisher following the death of Segal?

2. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?

3. Which author went to Paris and studied with one of the shrewdest writers, Gertrude Stein?

4. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?

5. The study of what can give the young writer a clear sense of why our age is so troubled?

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