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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What word does Gardner use to describe that teaching which tends to emphasize theme and design over feeling and authentic narrative?
(a) Workshoppy.
(b) Inverted.
(c) Developmental.
(d) Amateur.

3. Which writing teacher and author is famous for the energy and relative success with which he pushes his students' work at appropriate editors?
(a) Sean Howard.
(b) Raymond Carver.
(c) Robert Coover.
(d) James Dickinson.

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

5. Gardner writes that one editor insisted on changing his punctuation based on some rule he learned where?
(a) NYU.
(b) Rutgers.
(c) Yale.
(d) Columbia.

6. One of the favorite survival jobs of writers has in recent years been what?
(a) Office clerks.
(b) High school teaching.
(c) College teaching.
(d) Night auditing.

7. In Chapter 3, Gardner writes, "One hears the complaint that conferences lead to a kind of writer ____."
(a) Ego-stroking.
(b) Promotion.
(c) Sniveling.
(d) Incest.

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

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

10. What is one of the more reputedly good magazines that Gardner suggests publication in?
(a) Maxim.
(b) Georgia Review.
(c) Reader's Digest.
(d) Oxford Book Review.

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

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

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

14. What teacher and poet is quoted as saying, "My object is to catch right now what will embarrass my students when they look at their poetry ten years from now"?
(a) Allen Ginsberg.
(b) Julia Roberts.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) Dave Smith.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?

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

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

4. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?

5. Gardner writes in Chapter 3, "Young writers want to ____ because they're unsure of themselves."

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