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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What other author did Herman Melville have among his circle of friends?
(a) London.
(b) Hawthorne.
(c) Conrad.
(d) Joyce.

2. In Chapter 2, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?
(a) Publishers.
(b) Editors.
(c) Authors.
(d) Writing teachers.

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

4. Letters to publishing houses should ideally be addressed to whom?
(a) The head editor.
(b) Any editor.
(c) The assistant editor.
(d) A particular editor.

5. Gardner notes in Chapter 3 that all second-rate stories tend to do what?
(a) Get acclaim.
(b) Get rejected.
(c) Sound alike.
(d) Get published.

6. Who recommended Gardner at New American Library?
(a) Harry Crews.
(b) James Segal.
(c) Michael Harper.
(d) William Gass.

7. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher allows or even encourages what?
(a) Bad grammar.
(b) Bad spelling.
(c) Attack.
(d) Support.

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

9. Which is one of the great graduate programs for writers that Gardner refers to in Chapter 2?
(a) Stanford.
(b) Oxford.
(c) Carnegie Mellon.
(d) NYU.

10. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?
(a) Author.
(b) Copy editor.
(c) Typesetter.
(d) Publisher.

11. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in the workshop he is teaching he encountered a story which he hopes to publish titled what?
(a) "Exit."
(b) "Jason."
(c) "Thoughts."
(d) "Tomorrow."

12. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?
(a) Kentucky.
(b) Kansas.
(c) Iowa.
(d) New Hampshire.

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

14. How did ancient poets get around means of survival, if not attaching themselves to kings?
(a) Begging.
(b) Farming.
(c) Writing.
(d) Teaching.

15. What is one of the great questions of the moment which is addressed in The World According to Garp?
(a) Feminism.
(b) Globalization.
(c) Race relations.
(d) Environment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?

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

3. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?

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

5. Gardner states in Chapter 2, "If there are objective laws of ______, not all of theme apply in every instance, and none of them finally have to do with purpose."

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