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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. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that for a young novelist, an agent is all but what?
(a) Dangerous.
(b) Indispensible.
(c) Healthy.
(d) Useless.

2. What organization does Gardner suggest for help in locating good teachers, advice on fellowships, etc.?
(a) ACII.
(b) Poets & Writers.
(c) MFA programs.
(d) New Yorker.

3. Gardner writes that one editor insisted on changing his punctuation based on some rule he learned where?
(a) Yale.
(b) Columbia.
(c) Rutgers.
(d) NYU.

4. What teacher and poet is quoted as saying, "My object is to catch right now what will embarrass my students when they look at their poetry ten years from now"?
(a) Dave Smith.
(b) Julia Roberts.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) Allen Ginsberg.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What experimental writer does Gardner mention having been moved and delighted by in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 2, what does Gardner say the world has far more than it needs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What brings the author feelings of virtue in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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