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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?
(a) Copy editor.
(b) Author.
(c) Publisher.
(d) Typesetter.

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

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

4. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?
(a) Writer's Weekly.
(b) Reader's Digest.
(c) MRR.
(d) MSS.

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that the "true young novelist has the stamina, patience, and single-mindedness of a" what?
(a) Mule.
(b) Elephant.
(c) Mother.
(d) Draft horse.

9. 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) Enlightened.
(b) Virtuous.
(c) Smart.
(d) Accepted.

10. Publishing houses tend to have what, according to Gardner in Chapter 3?
(a) Talent.
(b) Discrimination.
(c) Specializations.
(d) Egotism.

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

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

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

14. What is one of the most important things for a young writer to have, according to Gardner in Chapter 2?
(a) Religion.
(b) Family.
(c) Community.
(d) Ego.

15. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that for a young novelist, an agent is all but what?
(a) Indispensible.
(b) Dangerous.
(c) Healthy.
(d) Useless.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?

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

4. Who wrote the book 1984?

5. Who does Gardner suggest writing to for information on reliable agents?

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