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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) Beaten.
(b) Pandered to.
(c) Scorned.
(d) Adored.

2. 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.

3. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?
(a) Henry James.
(b) Stephen Crane.
(c) Ernest Hemingway.
(d) Joseph Conrad.

4. What is the title of Chapter 3?
(a) The Writer's Nature.
(b) The Writer's Training and Education.
(c) Faith.
(d) Publication and Survival.

5. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?
(a) Kurt Vonnegut.
(b) Michael James.
(c) Thomas Pinchon.
(d) Max Apple.

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

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

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

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

10. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in the workshop he is teaching he encountered a story which he hopes to publish titled what?
(a) "Exit."
(b) "Tomorrow."
(c) "Jason."
(d) "Thoughts."

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

12. Where did David Segal go after New American Library?
(a) Penguin.
(b) Simon and Schuster.
(c) Harper.
(d) Collins.

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

14. 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) Jack London.
(c) Thomas Pinchon.
(d) Ernest Hemingway.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Gardner notes in Chapter 3 that all second-rate stories tend to do what?

2. How did ancient poets get around means of survival, if not attaching themselves to kings?

3. Publishing houses tend to have what, according to Gardner in Chapter 3?

4. What word does Gardner use to describe that teaching which tends to emphasize theme and design over feeling and authentic narrative?

5. What does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?

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