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. When will you know your characters, according to Anne?
(a) When your editor tells you who they are.
(b) Weeks or months after you started working with them.
(c) After teatime.
(d) When you first sit down and start to write about them.

2. 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.

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

4. What does Anne's friend tell her that we and our characters have to work within?
(a) The stories of our life.
(b) A one-inch picture frame.
(c) A mason jar.
(d) An emotional acre.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Anne say can reveal a character better than pages of description?

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

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

4. Paying attention is a powerful antidote for what?

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

(see the answer key)

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