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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?
(a) MRR.
(b) MSS.
(c) Writer's Weekly.
(d) Reader's Digest.

5. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?
(a) The Oxford Journal.
(b) The New Yorker.
(c) The Atlantic.
(d) The New York Times Book Review.

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

7. 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?
(a) Smart.
(b) Enlightened.
(c) Accepted.
(d) Virtuous.

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

9. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?
(a) Binghamton.
(b) Emery.
(c) Oxford.
(d) NYU.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the more reputedly good magazines that Gardner suggests publication in?

2. In Chapter 3, Gardner writes, "One hears the complaint that conferences lead to a kind of writer ____."

3. What does Gardner say brings together groups of young writers who, even in the absence of superb teachers, can be of help to one another?

4. If a writer agrees with the notes an editor sends, he should do what with his manuscript?

5. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?

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