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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 was William Gass publishing at New American Library?
(a) Grendel.
(b) The Wreckage of Agathon.
(c) The Sunlight Dialogues.
(d) Omensetter's Luck.

2. Which writer, although thought of as a solitary genius, spent time working in close community with Ford Maddox Ford?
(a) Joseph Conrad.
(b) Ernest Hemingway.
(c) Henry James.
(d) Stephen Crane.

3. In Chapter 2, Gardner writes that writing, "like the study of classical piano, is not practical but _____."
(a) Immediate.
(b) Aristocratic.
(c) Impulsive.
(d) Superfluous.

4. What is one of the most important things for a young writer to have, according to Gardner in Chapter 2?
(a) Ego.
(b) Community.
(c) Family.
(d) Religion.

5. 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) Writers' workshops.
(c) Seminars.
(d) Colleges.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Gardner states in Chapter 2 that an individual style is developed as much by resistance as by what?

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

5. What publishing house did Gardner send Grendel to first?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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