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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What word does Gardner use to describe that teaching which tends to emphasize theme and design over feeling and authentic narrative?
(a) Workshoppy.
(b) Amateur.
(c) Developmental.
(d) Inverted.

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

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

9. Who wrote The World According to Garp?
(a) Michael James.
(b) George Glass.
(c) John Irving.
(d) Raymond Carver.

10. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that an individual style is developed as much by resistance as by what?
(a) Contortion.
(b) Malleability.
(c) Adjustment.
(d) Emulation.

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

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

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

14. 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"?
(a) Robert Frost.
(b) Allen Ginsberg.
(c) Dave Smith.
(d) Julia Roberts.

15. Gardner writes in Chapter 3, "Young writers want to ____ because they're unsure of themselves."
(a) Read.
(b) Study.
(c) Publish.
(d) Go to school.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?

2. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?

3. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?

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

5. Gardner writes that one editor insisted on changing his punctuation based on some rule he learned where?

(see the answer keys)

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