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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Thomas Pinchon.
(c) Jack London.
(d) Jack Frost.

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

4. 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.

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

6. Who recommended Gardner at New American Library?
(a) William Gass.
(b) Harry Crews.
(c) James Segal.
(d) Michael Harper.

7. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that a writer has to go far out of his way to turn his what against him?
(a) Spouse.
(b) Editor.
(c) Agent.
(d) Teacher.

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

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

10. Which manuscript did Gardner send out which got a reply suggesting he cut it by a third?
(a) The Wreckage of Agathon.
(b) The Sunlight Dialogues.
(c) Grendel.
(d) The Resurrection.

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

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

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

14. The study of what can give the young writer a clear sense of why our age is so troubled?
(a) Drama.
(b) Philology.
(c) English.
(d) Philosophy.

15. Where does the manuscript of a book go after the copy editor is finished with it?
(a) Author.
(b) Publisher.
(c) Literary editor.
(d) Typesetter.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the name of the writer's conference where Gardner has frequently worked with writing assistants?

3. What other author did Herman Melville have among his circle of friends?

4. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?

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

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