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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?
(a) Good.
(b) Subversive.
(c) Modern enough.
(d) Symbolic.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?

3. Who was the first editor to take interest in Gardner's work?

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

5. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are all good writers good teachers? What does Gardner say of this in Chapter 2?

2. What brings the author feelings of virtue in Chapter 2?

3. What does Gardner say in regard to literary dynasties and writing workshops in Chapter 2?

4. What does Gardner say regarding the study of philosophy and psychology?

5. What does Gardner write about rejection letters in Chapter 3?

6. What does Gardner write of the standard technique of teaching writing in Chapter 2?

7. What are some of the qualities that should make an aspiring writer leave a program?

8. What does Gardner write of writers' workshops in Chapter 2?

9. What is the "best" way to sustain a living as a writer, according to Gardner?

10. Where does the author's manuscript go after he reviews the copywriter's corrections?

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