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

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

3. If a writer agrees with the notes an editor sends, he should do what with his manuscript?
(a) Ask another opinion.
(b) Send it elsewhere.
(c) Revise it.
(d) Burn it.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Where does the manuscript of a book go after the copy editor is finished with it?

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

5. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What should the successful teacher do for his writing students, according to Gardner?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Gardner say of editors in Chapter 3? What can one do to appeal to an editor?

8. What does Gardner cite as the assets of having an agent in Chapter 3?

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

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

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