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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."
(a) Adored.
(b) Beaten.
(c) Pandered to.
(d) Scorned.

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

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

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

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

6. Who does Gardner say one can be fooled by the nature of imagining that the best way to become a writer is to be a seaman or a lumberjack?
(a) Jack Frost.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) Thomas Pinchon.
(d) Jack London.

7. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that one should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of whom?
(a) Editors.
(b) Poets.
(c) Teachers.
(d) Writers.

8. Who was the first editor to take interest in Gardner's work?
(a) James Growder.
(b) Bob Gottlieb.
(c) Gerald Kimble.
(d) Jack Smith.

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

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

11. Gardner notes in Chapter 3 that all second-rate stories tend to do what?
(a) Get rejected.
(b) Get acclaim.
(c) Sound alike.
(d) Get published.

12. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?
(a) Sylvia Plath.
(b) Joyce Carol Oates.
(c) Edith Wharton.
(d) Flannery O'Connor.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gardner say brings together groups of young writers who, even in the absence of superb teachers, can be of help to one another?

2. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher allows or even encourages what?

3. Who wrote the book 1984?

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

5. What experimental writer does Gardner mention having been moved and delighted by in Chapter 2?

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