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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did Gardner work with as a publisher following the death of Segal?
(a) Morrison.
(b) Gottlieb.
(c) Grogin.
(d) Pantera.

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

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

4. What is the name of the writer's conference where Gardner has frequently worked with writing assistants?
(a) Peabody.
(b) Bread Loaf.
(c) Silver Mountain.
(d) Last Dinner.

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

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

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

8. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in the workshop he is teaching he encountered a story which he hopes to publish titled what?
(a) "Exit."
(b) "Tomorrow."
(c) "Jason."
(d) "Thoughts."

9. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?
(a) Quality.
(b) Interest.
(c) Ability.
(d) Luck.

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

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

12. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?
(a) Kansas.
(b) New Hampshire.
(c) Iowa.
(d) Kentucky.

13. Where does the manuscript of a book go after the copy editor is finished with it?
(a) Literary editor.
(b) Author.
(c) Publisher.
(d) Typesetter.

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

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) Opinion.
(b) Fair hearing.
(c) Full listening.
(d) True response.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote The World According to Garp?

2. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?

3. What is one of the most important things for a young writer to have, according to Gardner in Chapter 2?

4. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?

5. What author once remarked "the best way to become a writer is to go off and write"?

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