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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 author once remarked "the best way to become a writer is to go off and write"?
(a) Hemingway.
(b) London.
(c) Ibsen.
(d) Fitzgerald.

2. 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) Julia Roberts.
(b) Robert Frost.
(c) Dave Smith.
(d) Allen Ginsberg.

3. What literary magazine does Gardner publish?
(a) Writer's Weekly.
(b) Reader's Digest.
(c) MRR.
(d) MSS.

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

5. Where is one of the oldest and best known writing workshops?
(a) New Hampshire.
(b) Kentucky.
(c) Kansas.
(d) Iowa.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Gardner teach workshops, as he claims it has a good program for fiction?

2. Chapter 3 states that getting any letter at all from an editor is a mark of what?

3. What publishing house did Gardner send Grendel to first?

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

5. To which editor at New American Library did Gardner send The Sunlight Diaries?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the "best" way to sustain a living as a writer, according to Gardner?

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

10. What does Gardner say in the beginning of Chapter 2 regarding author education and state funding?

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