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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was William Gass publishing at New American Library?
(a) The Wreckage of Agathon.
(b) Omensetter's Luck.
(c) Grendel.
(d) The Sunlight Dialogues.

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

3. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?
(a) Michael James.
(b) Max Apple.
(c) Kurt Vonnegut.
(d) Thomas Pinchon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. 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) Art.
(b) Aesthetics.
(c) Writing.
(d) Opinion.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did ancient poets get around means of survival, if not attaching themselves to kings?

2. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that for a young novelist, an agent is all but what?

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

4. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?

5. To which editor at New American Library did Gardner send The Sunlight Diaries?

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