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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 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.

2. Gardner compares the first thrill of achievement of the writer to that of an oboist or what?
(a) Pianist.
(b) Painter.
(c) Gambler.
(d) Actor.

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

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

5. What is one of the more reputedly good magazines that Gardner suggests publication in?
(a) Oxford Book Review.
(b) Reader's Digest.
(c) Maxim.
(d) Georgia Review.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the long pages from the typesetter, marked up by the proofreader for typographical errors?

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

3. What is the title of Chapter 3?

4. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that the first value of a writer's workshop is that it makes the young writer feel not abnormal but what?

5. Gardner writes in Chapter 3, "Young writers want to ____ because they're unsure of themselves."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Gardner cite as the assets of having an agent in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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