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

2. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?
(a) Emery.
(b) Oxford.
(c) Binghamton.
(d) NYU.

3. What experimental writer does Gardner mention having been moved and delighted by in Chapter 2?
(a) Samuel Beckett.
(b) James Joyce.
(c) William Glass.
(d) Tom Robbins.

4. What is the title of Chapter 3?
(a) Faith.
(b) The Writer's Nature.
(c) Publication and Survival.
(d) The Writer's Training and Education.

5. One of the favorite survival jobs of writers has in recent years been what?
(a) College teaching.
(b) Night auditing.
(c) Office clerks.
(d) High school teaching.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."

5. What does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gardner say regarding the study of philosophy and psychology?

3. How does Gardner explain the detailed letter from an editor and the author's choice of revision?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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