Bird by Bird Quiz | One Week Quiz A

Anne Lamott
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 3, Section 4, Someone to Read Your Drafts.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Ethan Canin's idea of the most valuable thing about writing?
(a) A strong plot.
(b) A likeable narrator.
(c) Good dialog.
(d) Using a sanserif font.

2. In the beginning of Part 2, what does Anne say writing is about?
(a) "...learning to pay attention and communicate what is going on."
(b) Getting published!
(c) A good plot treatment.
(d) Making up stories about fairies.

3. Before she sends copies to her editor or agent, who reads Anne's drafts for her?
(a) Her best friend and a librarian.
(b) Her two best friends.
(c) A student and a librarian.
(d) Her son and the guy at the copy shop.

4. How does knowledge of your characters emerge, according to Anne?
(a) Characters come after you finish a good outline.
(b) Like a sunrise, full of beauty and splendor.
(c) Like a Polaroid, it takes time to know them.
(d) Quickly and easily.

5. As a writer, what is very hard for Anne to take?
(a) Dialog in dialect.
(b) Suggestions on new characters.
(c) Aspirin.
(d) Criticism.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Anne suggest finding a partner to read your work?

2. What kind of feedback do the two people that read Anne's drafts give her?

3. What does Anne say that there is ecstasy in?

4. How does Anne suggest you should expect someone to review your work?

5. What does Anne say must first happen before we can recognize others for who they are?

(see the answer key)

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