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. Paying attention is a powerful antidote for what?
(a) The rational mind.
(b) Paranoia.
(c) Sleepless nights.
(d) A hangover.

2. What does Anne suggest feedback from someone close to you yields?
(a) A headache and ulcer.
(b) Mindless suggestions and a loss of friends.
(c) Better plots and newer characters.
(d) Confidence and time to improve the work.

3. What does Anne say can reveal a character better than pages of description?
(a) The antagonist.
(b) One line of dialog that rings true.
(c) Pages of dialog with descriptive wording.
(d) Really off the wall dialect.

4. What two qualities are needed to communicate effectively according to Anne?
(a) Compassion and high morals.
(b) Respect and compassion.
(c) Respect and agressiveness.
(d) Good penmanship and excellent dialect.

5. What do we want out of important characters, such as a narrator?
(a) For them to entertain us every step of the way.
(b) A good plot line.
(c) For them to be reliable.
(d) For them to manipulate us.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is Ethan Canin's idea of the most valuable thing about writing?

4. In the beginning of Part 2, what does Anne say writing is about?

5. What does Anne's friend tell her that we and our characters have to work within?

(see the answer key)

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