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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?
(a) Alfred A. Knopf.
(b) Simon and Schuster.
(c) Harper and Row.
(d) Penguin.

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

7. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?
(a) The Oxford Journal.
(b) The New York Times Book Review.
(c) The New Yorker.
(d) The Atlantic.

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

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

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

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

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

13. In the world of grants, Gardner writes in Chapter 2, who has a better chance than other artists?
(a) Writers.
(b) Painters.
(c) Actors.
(d) Musicians.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?

2. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?

3. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that an individual style is developed as much by resistance as by what?

4. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that a writer has to go far out of his way to turn his what against him?

5. One of the favorite survival jobs of writers has in recent years been what?

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