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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who did Gardner work with as a publisher following the death of Segal?
(a) Morrison.
(b) Grogin.
(c) Pantera.
(d) Gottlieb.

3. Who wrote the book 1984?
(a) George Orwell.
(b) J. D. Salinger.
(c) Ray Bradbury.
(d) Thomas Pynchon.

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

5. What is one of the only programs for funding for writers on the governmental level?
(a) National Enlistment of Writers.
(b) National Endowment of the Arts.
(c) National Writer Workshop.
(d) The Fulbright Society.

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

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

8. What experimental writer does Gardner mention having been moved and delighted by in Chapter 2?
(a) James Joyce.
(b) William Glass.
(c) Samuel Beckett.
(d) Tom Robbins.

9. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?
(a) Kansas.
(b) Iowa.
(c) New Hampshire.
(d) Kentucky.

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

11. What organization does Gardner suggest for help in locating good teachers, advice on fellowships, etc.?
(a) Poets & Writers.
(b) New Yorker.
(c) ACII.
(d) MFA programs.

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

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

14. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher takes the place of the student's what?
(a) Ability to think.
(b) Critical imagination.
(c) Assimilation.
(d) Internal critic.

15. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."
(a) Immediate.
(b) Impulsive.
(c) Superfluous.
(d) Aristocratic.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that the first value of a writer's workshop is that it makes the young writer feel not abnormal but what?

3. What teacher and poet is quoted as saying, "My object is to catch right now what will embarrass my students when they look at their poetry ten years from now"?

4. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?

5. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?

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