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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are the long pages from the typesetter, marked up by the proofreader for typographical errors?
(a) Script.
(b) Novel-preform.
(c) Galleys.
(d) Manuscript.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that one should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of whom?

3. What is one of the great questions of the moment which is addressed in The World According to Garp?

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

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

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