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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) Healthy.
(b) Useless.
(c) Indispensible.
(d) Dangerous.

2. What does M.F.A. stand for?
(a) Master of Fulton Academy.
(b) Master of Fine Arts.
(c) Master of Formal Architecture.
(d) Master of Formal Academy.

3. What does Gardner say brings together groups of young writers who, even in the absence of superb teachers, can be of help to one another?
(a) Writers' workshops.
(b) Seminars.
(c) Graduate programs.
(d) Colleges.

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

5. In Chapter 2, Gardner states, "A writer does not become better by being ____."
(a) Beaten.
(b) Adored.
(c) Scorned.
(d) Pandered to.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?

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

3. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in the workshop he is teaching he encountered a story which he hopes to publish titled what?

4. What other author did Herman Melville have among his circle of friends?

5. How did ancient poets get around means of survival, if not attaching themselves to kings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does the author's manuscript go after he reviews the copywriter's corrections?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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