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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 publishing house did Gardner send Grendel to first?
(a) Alfred A. Knopf.
(b) Simon and Schulster.
(c) Hannigan and Hannigan.
(d) Penguin.

2. What other author did Herman Melville have among his circle of friends?
(a) Joyce.
(b) London.
(c) Conrad.
(d) Hawthorne.

3. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher takes the place of the student's what?
(a) Critical imagination.
(b) Ability to think.
(c) Internal critic.
(d) Assimilation.

4. The main commitment of famous writers as teachers is what?
(a) The poor students.
(b) Their own work.
(c) Their students.
(d) The star students.

5. Which author went to Paris and studied with one of the shrewdest writers, Gertrude Stein?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) Stephen Crane.
(c) Henry James.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Short Answer Questions

1. Letters to publishing houses should ideally be addressed to whom?

2. Gardner notes in Chapter 3 that all second-rate stories tend to do what?

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?

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

5. What author once remarked "the best way to become a writer is to go off and write"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Gardner say of editors in Chapter 3? What can one do to appeal to an editor?

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

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

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

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

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