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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. Who recommended Gardner at New American Library?
(a) Michael Harper.
(b) William Gass.
(c) Harry Crews.
(d) James Segal.

2. If a writer agrees with the notes an editor sends, he should do what with his manuscript?
(a) Revise it.
(b) Ask another opinion.
(c) Burn it.
(d) Send it elsewhere.

3. What word does Gardner use to describe that teaching which tends to emphasize theme and design over feeling and authentic narrative?
(a) Inverted.
(b) Workshoppy.
(c) Developmental.
(d) Amateur.

4. Gardner writes that authors are almost never satisfied with the ____ job their publishers do.
(a) Preselling.
(b) Editing.
(c) Reworking.
(d) Promotion.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Gardner work with as a publisher following the death of Segal?

2. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that the "true young novelist has the stamina, patience, and single-mindedness of a" what?

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?

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

5. Which author went to Paris and studied with one of the shrewdest writers, Gertrude Stein?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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