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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. In Chapter 3, Gardner writes, "One hears the complaint that conferences lead to a kind of writer ____."
(a) Ego-stroking.
(b) Incest.
(c) Sniveling.
(d) Promotion.

2. Who is cited as the head of the writing program at Johns Hopkins and favors new and strange styles?
(a) Max Apple.
(b) Kurt Vonnegut.
(c) John Barth.
(d) William Glass.

3. Who does Gardner say one can be fooled by the nature of imagining that the best way to become a writer is to be a seaman or a lumberjack?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Jack Frost.
(c) Thomas Pinchon.
(d) Jack London.

4. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."
(a) Aristocratic.
(b) Superfluous.
(c) Immediate.
(d) Impulsive.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Which is one of the great graduate programs for writers that Gardner refers to in Chapter 2?

4. What word does Gardner use to describe that teaching which tends to emphasize theme and design over feeling and authentic narrative?

5. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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