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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 2, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?
(a) Writing teachers.
(b) Authors.
(c) Editors.
(d) Publishers.

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. Letters to publishing houses should ideally be addressed to whom?
(a) The head editor.
(b) Any editor.
(c) A particular editor.
(d) The assistant editor.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the more reputedly good magazines that Gardner suggests publication in?

2. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that the "true young novelist has the stamina, patience, and single-mindedness of a" what?

3. Gardner claims in Chapter 3 that rejection by an agent means more than rejection by a what?

4. The study of what can give the young writer a clear sense of why our age is so troubled?

5. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?

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