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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that the first value of a writer's workshop is that it makes the young writer feel not abnormal but what?
(a) Virtuous.
(b) Smart.
(c) Enlightened.
(d) Accepted.

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

3. What does M.F.A. stand for?
(a) Master of Formal Academy.
(b) Master of Fulton Academy.
(c) Master of Formal Architecture.
(d) Master of Fine Arts.

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

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."
(a) Writing.
(b) Art.
(c) Opinion.
(d) Aesthetics.

6. Who does Gardner suggest writing to for information on reliable agents?
(a) ILAA.
(b) NROP.
(c) AFJI.
(d) DRAA.

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

8. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher takes the place of the student's what?
(a) Internal critic.
(b) Ability to think.
(c) Assimilation.
(d) Critical imagination.

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

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

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

12. Which author went to Paris and studied with one of the shrewdest writers, Gertrude Stein?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Henry James.
(c) Stephen Crane.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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

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

15. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?
(a) Edith Wharton.
(b) Joyce Carol Oates.
(c) Sylvia Plath.
(d) Flannery O'Connor.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was William Gass publishing at New American Library?

3. What organization does Gardner suggest for help in locating good teachers, advice on fellowships, etc.?

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

5. Who wrote the book 1984?

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