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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 are the long pages from the typesetter, marked up by the proofreader for typographical errors?
(a) Novel-preform.
(b) Manuscript.
(c) Galleys.
(d) Script.

2. Gardner writes in Chapter 2 that in a bad workshop, the teacher allows or even encourages what?
(a) Support.
(b) Attack.
(c) Bad grammar.
(d) Bad spelling.

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) Developmental.
(c) Workshoppy.
(d) Amateur.

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

5. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?
(a) Modern enough.
(b) Good.
(c) Symbolic.
(d) Subversive.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 2, Gardner notes that "The wide range of opinion in a class affords increases the writer's chance of getting a _____."

3. Who wrote The World According to Garp?

4. 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?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Gardner open Chapter 3 with, regarding the young writer's focus on publication?

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

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

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

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

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

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