Bird by Bird Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Anne Lamott
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What can yield strange characters lurking in the shadows, according to Anne?
(a) Meditating.
(b) Taking a short assignment and writing a bad first draft.
(c) Working on a good plot line.
(d) Eating school lunches.

2. Where did Anne's father teach his class?
(a) On the street to hippies.
(b) San Quentin to the prisoners.
(c) Elementary school to children.
(d) The local community college to kids.

3. What is Anne's third suggestion about putting together good dialogue?
(a) Put two people who have lots in common together for teatime.
(b) Insert clever dialogue whenever possible.
(c) Put two people, who would never want to be together, in a close situation. They will have lots to say.
(d) Dialogue emerges entirely from the plot. Listen to the plot.

4. What does Anne believe allows us to see the individual person?
(a) Spending time with them.
(b) Having a list of questions to ask them.
(c) You can do this in about an hour, if you are really good at reading people.
(d) Getting rid of the busyness.

5. Anne tells her students they can use paranoia as wonderful material, and then recites a poem. Who is the author of the poem?
(a) She is.
(b) Phillip Lopate.
(c) Buster Brown.
(d) C. S. Lewis.

6. What image does Anne use to help her gather dialog for characters?
(a) Hammers.
(b) Broccoli.
(c) One-inch picture frame.
(d) Dr. Suess.

7. What are great language tools that explain the unknown in terms of the known to the reader?
(a) Plots.
(b) Metaphors.
(c) A garden and river.
(d) Similes.

8. In Anne's opinion, who writes bad first drafts?
(a) All good writers.
(b) She does.
(c) The birds.
(d) Reporters.

9. When talking with a subject expert about kitchens, what are good questions to ask about the kitchen?
(a) How best to keep stainless steel appliances clean.
(b) What were the sights and sounds like?
(c) What were the smells and stains like?
(d) What were the sights, sounds, and smells like?

10. What was Anne's first poem about that got any attention?
(a) John Glenn.
(b) Tiny bubbles.
(c) Sam.
(d) Her father.

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

12. What does Anne say good writing is about?
(a) Outlines, plots, and themes.
(b) Spelling everything correctly.
(c) Telling the truth.
(d) Dialect.

13. What was Vonnegut's comment on writing?
(a) Writing is an extension of the soul onto a blank canvas in sheer poetic movements.
(b) When I write, I feel like an armless legless man with a crayon in his mouth.
(c) When I write, I shoot for the stars and end up somewhere on the moon.
(d) I write with crayons, it is prettier.

14. What does Anne tell her students the reason to write is?
(a) To create books.
(b) To get published.
(c) To find a good agent.
(d) To get noticed and make lots of money.

15. What advice does Anne's hypnotist give her about the negative voices?
(a) Listen to the voices and do exactly what each one says.
(b) Imagine they are dogs snarling at you and yell at them.
(c) Pretend you are on a TV talkshow.
(d) Imagine they are mice, pick them up, and drop them in a mason jar with a lid.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What two qualities are needed to communicate effectively according to Anne?

3. The school lunches writing assignment combines which two pieces of writing advice from Anne?

4. At what age did Anne start writing?

5. Paying attention is a powerful antidote for what?

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