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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) Bad grammar.
(b) Attack.
(c) Support.
(d) Bad spelling.

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

3. Gardner writes that one editor insisted on changing his punctuation based on some rule he learned where?
(a) Yale.
(b) NYU.
(c) Rutgers.
(d) Columbia.

4. Which writing teacher and author is famous for the energy and relative success with which he pushes his students' work at appropriate editors?
(a) Raymond Carver.
(b) Robert Coover.
(c) Sean Howard.
(d) James Dickinson.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Gardner, most rejected fiction is rejected because it's not what?

3. Who does Gardner say one can be fooled by the nature of imagining that the best way to become a writer is to be a seaman or a lumberjack?

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

5. What author responded to the question of why she wrote fiction, "Because I'm good at it"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gardner write of writers' workshops in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

6. What brings the author feelings of virtue in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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