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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which manuscript did Gardner send out which got a reply suggesting he cut it by a third?
(a) Grendel.
(b) The Sunlight Dialogues.
(c) The Resurrection.
(d) The Wreckage of Agathon.

2. What does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?
(a) Penguin.
(b) Harper and Row.
(c) Alfred A. Knopf.
(d) Simon and Schuster.

3. 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.

4. What is the title of Chapter 3?
(a) The Writer's Training and Education.
(b) The Writer's Nature.
(c) Publication and Survival.
(d) Faith.

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

6. Who did Gardner work with as a publisher following the death of Segal?
(a) Pantera.
(b) Gottlieb.
(c) Grogin.
(d) Morrison.

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

8. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that the "true young novelist has the stamina, patience, and single-mindedness of a" what?
(a) Elephant.
(b) Mule.
(c) Mother.
(d) Draft horse.

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

10. What word does Gardner use to describe that teaching which tends to emphasize theme and design over feeling and authentic narrative?
(a) Workshoppy.
(b) Inverted.
(c) Amateur.
(d) Developmental.

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

12. Publishing houses tend to have what, according to Gardner in Chapter 3?
(a) Specializations.
(b) Discrimination.
(c) Egotism.
(d) Talent.

13. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that an individual style is developed as much by resistance as by what?
(a) Contortion.
(b) Adjustment.
(c) Malleability.
(d) Emulation.

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

15. Where did David Segal go after New American Library?
(a) Collins.
(b) Penguin.
(c) Simon and Schuster.
(d) Harper.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?

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

4. Who wrote The World According to Garp?

5. What is one of the most important things for a young writer to have, according to Gardner in Chapter 2?

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