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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?
(a) Actor.
(b) Pianist.
(c) Gambler.
(d) Painter.

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

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

4. 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.

5. Which author went to Paris and studied with one of the shrewdest writers, Gertrude Stein?
(a) Henry James.
(b) Stephen Crane.
(c) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(d) Ernest Hemingway.

6. 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) James Dickinson.
(c) Robert Coover.
(d) Sean Howard.

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

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

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

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

11. What other author did Herman Melville have among his circle of friends?
(a) Joyce.
(b) Hawthorne.
(c) London.
(d) Conrad.

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

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

14. What publishing house did Gardner send Grendel to first?
(a) Hannigan and Hannigan.
(b) Alfred A. Knopf.
(c) Simon and Schulster.
(d) Penguin.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."

2. The main commitment of famous writers as teachers is what?

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

4. Who is cited as the head of the writing program at Johns Hopkins and favors new and strange styles?

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

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