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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How did ancient poets get around means of survival, if not attaching themselves to kings?
(a) Teaching.
(b) Begging.
(c) Writing.
(d) Farming.

4. Who was the first editor to take interest in Gardner's work?
(a) James Growder.
(b) Gerald Kimble.
(c) Jack Smith.
(d) Bob Gottlieb.

5. What was William Gass publishing at New American Library?
(a) Grendel.
(b) Omensetter's Luck.
(c) The Sunlight Dialogues.
(d) The Wreckage of Agathon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Gardner claims in Chapter 3 that rejection by an agent means more than rejection by a what?

2. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?

3. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?

4. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."

5. One of the favorite survival jobs of writers has in recent years been what?

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