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

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

3. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?
(a) Pianist.
(b) Painter.
(c) Actor.
(d) Gambler.

4. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?
(a) Publisher.
(b) Typesetter.
(c) Author.
(d) Copy editor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the writer's conference where Gardner has frequently worked with writing assistants?

2. What is one of the only programs for funding for writers on the governmental level?

3. Which manuscript did Gardner send out which got a reply suggesting he cut it by a third?

4. Who recommended Gardner at New American Library?

5. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gardner open Chapter 3 with, regarding the young writer's focus on publication?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is writing usually rejected, according to Gardner?

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

(see the answer keys)

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