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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 2, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?
(a) Editors.
(b) Writing teachers.
(c) Authors.
(d) Publishers.

2. Who wrote the book 1984?
(a) J. D. Salinger.
(b) Thomas Pynchon.
(c) George Orwell.
(d) Ray Bradbury.

3. What author once remarked "the best way to become a writer is to go off and write"?
(a) Fitzgerald.
(b) Hemingway.
(c) Ibsen.
(d) London.

4. Gardner writes in Chapter 3, "Young writers want to ____ because they're unsure of themselves."
(a) Study.
(b) Go to school.
(c) Read.
(d) Publish.

5. Gardner writes that authors are almost never satisfied with the ____ job their publishers do.
(a) Editing.
(b) Preselling.
(c) Reworking.
(d) Promotion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?

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

3. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?

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

5. Gardner states in Chapter 2, "If there are objective laws of ______, not all of theme apply in every instance, and none of them finally have to do with purpose."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe some of the qualities of bad writing workshops in Chapter 2.

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

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

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