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

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

3. Who does Gardner suggest writing to for information on reliable agents?
(a) NROP.
(b) ILAA.
(c) DRAA.
(d) AFJI.

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

5. Which magazine does Gardner refer to as elegant and rather timid, perfect for selling clothes and fine china?
(a) The New York Times Book Review.
(b) The Oxford Journal.
(c) The New Yorker.
(d) The Atlantic.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which writing teacher and author is famous for the energy and relative success with which he pushes his students' work at appropriate editors?

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

3. The study of what can give the young writer a clear sense of why our age is so troubled?

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

5. Publishing houses tend to have what, according to Gardner in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What autobiographical experiences does Gardner relate regarding editors in Chapter 3?

(see the answer keys)

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