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

2. What teacher and poet is quoted as saying, "My object is to catch right now what will embarrass my students when they look at their poetry ten years from now"?
(a) Julia Roberts.
(b) Allen Ginsberg.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) Dave Smith.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 2, Gardner notes that "The wide range of opinion in a class affords increases the writer's chance of getting a _____."

3. In the world of grants, Gardner writes in Chapter 2, who has a better chance than other artists?

4. Publishing houses tend to have what, according to Gardner in Chapter 3?

5. Where does the manuscript go after the literary editor is finished with it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are Gardner's workshops like for writers?

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

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

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

8. Why must a teacher avoid projecting their aesthetic view on writers?

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

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

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