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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 3, Gardner writes, "One hears the complaint that conferences lead to a kind of writer ____."
(a) Sniveling.
(b) Ego-stroking.
(c) Promotion.
(d) Incest.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Gardner claims in Chapter 3 that rejection by an agent means more than rejection by a what?
(a) Lawyer.
(b) Writer.
(c) Editor.
(d) Teacher.

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

9. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?
(a) Oxford.
(b) Binghamton.
(c) Emery.
(d) NYU.

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

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

12. 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?
(a) Seminars.
(b) Colleges.
(c) Graduate programs.
(d) Writers' workshops.

13. What author once remarked "the best way to become a writer is to go off and write"?
(a) Fitzgerald.
(b) Hemingway.
(c) Ibsen.
(d) London.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."

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

3. Which writing teacher and author is famous for the energy and relative success with which he pushes his students' work at appropriate editors?

4. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in the workshop he is teaching he encountered a story which he hopes to publish titled what?

5. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?

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