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

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

3. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?
(a) Joyce Carol Oates.
(b) Sylvia Plath.
(c) Flannery O'Connor.
(d) Edith Wharton.

4. What does Gardner cite as one of the most respected publishers of novels?
(a) Simon and Schuster.
(b) Penguin.
(c) Harper and Row.
(d) Alfred A. Knopf.

5. Who is cited as the head of the writing program at Johns Hopkins and favors new and strange styles?
(a) William Glass.
(b) John Barth.
(c) Max Apple.
(d) Kurt Vonnegut.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What is one of the only programs for funding for writers on the governmental level?

4. Where does the manuscript of a book go after the copy editor is finished with it?

5. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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