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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Henry James.
(c) Stephen Crane.
(d) Joseph Conrad.

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

3. In Chapter 2, Gardner notes that "The wide range of opinion in a class affords increases the writer's chance of getting a _____."
(a) Opinion.
(b) True response.
(c) Full listening.
(d) Fair hearing.

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

5. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?
(a) MSS.
(b) MRR.
(c) Reader's Digest.
(d) Writer's Weekly.

6. Who wrote The World According to Garp?
(a) George Glass.
(b) Raymond Carver.
(c) Michael James.
(d) John Irving.

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

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

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

10. 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) Revise it.
(d) Ask another opinion.

11. Gardner writes in Chapter 3, "Young writers want to ____ because they're unsure of themselves."
(a) Publish.
(b) Go to school.
(c) Read.
(d) Study.

12. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."
(a) Adored.
(b) Pandered to.
(c) Beaten.
(d) Scorned.

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

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

15. The study of what can give the young writer a clear sense of why our age is so troubled?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Drama.
(c) English.
(d) Philology.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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."

2. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?

3. Which manuscript did Gardner send out which got a reply suggesting he cut it by a third?

4. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?

5. What is the title of Chapter 3?

(see the answer keys)

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