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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) Graduate programs.
(b) Seminars.
(c) Colleges.
(d) Writers' workshops.

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

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

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

5. Gardner states in Chapter 3 that one should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of whom?
(a) Editors.
(b) Writers.
(c) Poets.
(d) Teachers.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which writing teacher and author is famous for the energy and relative success with which he pushes his students' work at appropriate editors?

3. Which is one of the great graduate programs for writers that Gardner refers to in Chapter 2?

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

5. Gardner writes that authors are almost never satisfied with the ____ job their publishers do.

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