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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."
(a) Adored.
(b) Pandered to.
(c) Beaten.
(d) Scorned.

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

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

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

5. Gardner claims in Chapter 3 that rejection by an agent means more than rejection by a what?
(a) Lawyer.
(b) Editor.
(c) Writer.
(d) Teacher.

6. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?
(a) Publisher.
(b) Author.
(c) Copy editor.
(d) Typesetter.

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

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

9. Who is cited as the head of the writing program at Johns Hopkins and favors new and strange styles?
(a) Kurt Vonnegut.
(b) William Glass.
(c) Max Apple.
(d) John Barth.

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

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

12. Who was the first editor to take interest in Gardner's work?
(a) Gerald Kimble.
(b) Bob Gottlieb.
(c) James Growder.
(d) Jack Smith.

13. Where did David Segal go after New American Library?
(a) Penguin.
(b) Simon and Schuster.
(c) Collins.
(d) Harper.

14. What publishing house did Gardner send Grendel to first?
(a) Simon and Schulster.
(b) Alfred A. Knopf.
(c) Hannigan and Hannigan.
(d) Penguin.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?

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

3. Which author went to Paris and studied with one of the shrewdest writers, Gertrude Stein?

4. 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"?

5. What is one of the most important things for a young writer to have, according to Gardner in Chapter 2?

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