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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which is one of the great graduate programs for writers that Gardner refers to in Chapter 2?
(a) Stanford.
(b) NYU.
(c) Carnegie Mellon.
(d) Oxford.

3. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?
(a) Flannery O'Connor.
(b) Sylvia Plath.
(c) Edith Wharton.
(d) Joyce Carol Oates.

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

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

6. 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) Allen Ginsberg.
(b) Dave Smith.
(c) Julia Roberts.
(d) Robert Frost.

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

8. Gardner states in Chapter 2, "If there are objective laws of ______, not all of theme apply in every instance, and none of them finally have to do with purpose."
(a) Art.
(b) Aesthetics.
(c) Writing.
(d) Opinion.

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

10. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that the "true young novelist has the stamina, patience, and single-mindedness of a" what?
(a) Elephant.
(b) Mule.
(c) Draft horse.
(d) Mother.

11. The main commitment of famous writers as teachers is what?
(a) Their students.
(b) Their own work.
(c) The star students.
(d) The poor students.

12. 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) Assimilation.
(c) Internal critic.
(d) Critical imagination.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in the workshop he is teaching he encountered a story which he hopes to publish titled what?

2. What does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?

3. How did ancient poets get around means of survival, if not attaching themselves to kings?

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

5. In Chapter 2, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?

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