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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. What author of experimental fiction teaches at Rice?
(a) Kurt Vonnegut.
(b) Max Apple.
(c) Michael James.
(d) Thomas Pinchon.

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

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

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

5. What does M.F.A. stand for?
(a) Master of Formal Architecture.
(b) Master of Fine Arts.
(c) Master of Formal Academy.
(d) Master of Fulton Academy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the book 1984?

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

3. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?

4. What organization does Gardner suggest for help in locating good teachers, advice on fellowships, etc.?

5. Where did David Segal go after New American Library?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gardner say in the beginning of Chapter 2 regarding author education and state funding?

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

3. What does Gardner say of finding support for the author in Chapter 3?

4. What does Gardner remark about the loyalty of an editor?

5. Describe some of the qualities of bad writing workshops in Chapter 2.

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

7. What autobiographical experiences does Gardner relate regarding editors in Chapter 3?

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

9. What does Gardner say of supporting oneself as a writer in Chapter 3?

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

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