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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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) Spouse.
(c) Editor.
(d) Teacher.

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

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

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

7. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?
(a) Gambler.
(b) Painter.
(c) Pianist.
(d) Actor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. What organization does Gardner suggest for help in locating good teachers, advice on fellowships, etc.?
(a) Poets & Writers.
(b) ACII.
(c) MFA programs.
(d) New Yorker.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that one should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of whom?

2. Gardner writes that one editor insisted on changing his punctuation based on some rule he learned where?

3. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?

4. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?

5. What is one of the only programs for funding for writers on the governmental level?

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