Bird by Bird Test | Final 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 does Anne sometimes use her index cards for?
(a) Nothing, she throws them all away.
(b) Short assignments, to get writing again.
(c) Thought provoking party favors.
(d) Set design.

2. What does Anne believe drives a writer's work?
(a) Deadlines.
(b) The climax.
(c) Publishers.
(d) The writer believing in the position taken by the characters.

3. When you start thinking like a writer, where does Anne suggest you get your material?
(a) At the supermarket.
(b) During meditation.
(c) Everywhere, everything can be used as material.
(d) When you walk your dog.

4. What joy has Anne found in publication?
(a) The money.
(b) Knowing that she is doing what she loves best.
(c) Realizing that work is over and she can move on now.
(d) Knowing that more book offers are on the way.

5. What other writing skill did Anne use to write her letter to Sam?
(a) Calling around.
(b) One-inch picture frame.
(c) School lunches.
(d) Jealousy.

6. What is publication like for Anne?
(a) It is really uneventful, no one notices or comments.
(b) A joyous event and all her self-doubt is erased.
(c) Her phone rings off the hook with friends and publishers calling her.
(d) The last few weeks of pregnancy and the first day of seventh-day PE class.

7. What does Anne say has cosmic importance?
(a) Learning to be a giver.
(b) Learning to write good plot treatments.
(c) Taking all the classes she has to offer.
(d) Learning to squash all feelings of jealousy.

8. What did Anne and her friend Carpenter do for each other on the day they both had books out?
(a) Consoled each other with boxes of chocolates and martinis.
(b) Called each other to say congratulations.
(c) Unknowingly sent flowers to each other.
(d) Unknowingly went to the same bookstore for a signing.

9. What brings Anne's students the feeling of liberation?
(a) A deep breath.
(b) Writing about people who wronged them.
(c) Writing about their childhood.
(d) Discipline in writing.

10. What is the myth of publication, according to Anne?
(a) There is no myth of publication, it really is a joyous event.
(b) It is a joyous event and your phone rings off the hook with kudos from friends.
(c) All self-doubt is erased and you get a new home.
(d) It is a joyous event and all self-doubt is erased.

11. How does Anne suggest finding a partner to read your work?
(a) Ask someone who rarely reads if they would read your work.
(b) Ask someone whose work you admire if they would like to work with you.
(c) Put an ad in the paper or on the bulletin board.
(d) Ask someone who is a best seller if they would like to work with you.

12. What constructive way does Anne suggest a writer deal with jealousy?
(a) Write down your feelings then crumple up the paper and throw it away.
(b) Tell your therapist about the feelings.
(c) Use it as material in a book.
(d) Simply forget about it and move on, because your turn is next.

13. When you are stuck in your writing, but you can not leave it alone, what is something Anne suggests to try?
(a) Writing part of a character's history in a one-inch picture frame.
(b) Go ahead and take a break, make a phone call.
(c) Write the same word over and over, noticing every letter and the sound it makes.
(d) Writing part of a character's history in the form of a letter.

14. What voice does Anne say is the real and true voice of a writer?
(a) Their own voice.
(b) The broccoli voice.
(c) The voice playing on KFKD.
(d) Another writer's voice.

15. What does Anne state that financial success guarantees a writer?
(a) A more expensive set of problems.
(b) Many book signings.
(c) More paranoia.
(d) Adoring fans.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Anne's book do for her father?

2. A moral position is not a message, but what is it according to Anne?

3. Besides calling around, what is another way to escape the isolation of writing?

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

5. According to Anne, what is publication not going to do for you?

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