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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that one should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of whom?
(a) Poets.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Editors.
(d) Writers.

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

4. Gardner claims in Chapter 3 that rejection by an agent means more than rejection by a what?
(a) Writer.
(b) Lawyer.
(c) Editor.
(d) Teacher.

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

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

7. What publishing house did Gardner send Grendel to first?
(a) Alfred A. Knopf.
(b) Hannigan and Hannigan.
(c) Penguin.
(d) Simon and Schulster.

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

9. Who wrote the book 1984?
(a) George Orwell.
(b) Thomas Pynchon.
(c) Ray Bradbury.
(d) J. D. Salinger.

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

11. What is one of the only programs for funding for writers on the governmental level?
(a) National Writer Workshop.
(b) The Fulbright Society.
(c) National Endowment of the Arts.
(d) National Enlistment of Writers.

12. What is the name of the writer's conference where Gardner has frequently worked with writing assistants?
(a) Peabody.
(b) Silver Mountain.
(c) Bread Loaf.
(d) Last Dinner.

13. If a writer agrees with the notes an editor sends, he should do what with his manuscript?
(a) Burn it.
(b) Send it elsewhere.
(c) Ask another opinion.
(d) Revise it.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who wrote The World According to Garp?

3. Where did David Segal go after New American Library?

4. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher allows or even encourages what?

5. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."

(see the answer keys)

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