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. According to Anne, when did we hear and listen to our intuition?
(a) At age 20.
(b) As children.
(c) As teenagers.
(d) As adults.

2. What did Anne use to entertain her son, Sam, while he was in the emergency room?
(a) A stethoscope.
(b) Finger puppets.
(c) Index cards and tongue depressors.
(d) Readings from her favorite book.

3. Besides going to classes and conferences, what is another way to receive feedback from other writers?
(a) Solicit advice from people you meet at bookstores.
(b) Start a writing group.
(c) Mail other writers your drafts and hope they respond to you.
(d) Send your work via email to every address you have.

4. What is the way to the truth, your truth, according to Anne?
(a) Meditation and expensive therapy.
(b) Writing as someone else would.
(c) Endure time alone with your thoguhts.
(d) To go through your anger, damage, and grief.

5. According to Anne, what should our stories encompass?
(a) The truth as we know it, that is all we have to share.
(b) The truth as others see it, no one cares what you think.
(c) No truth at all, total fiction is riveting.
(d) Half truths, which are much more interesting.

6. What does the fourteenth Dalai Lama claim to be his religion?
(a) Kindness.
(b) Buddhism.
(c) Moral position.
(d) Good ethics.

7. What is one reason Anne wrote the book for her father?
(a) There was only one book about cancer that was funny.
(b) She needed an advance from her agent.
(c) The Dalai Lama himself told her to write it.
(d) She was jealous of another writer's book about cancer.

8. Every writer needs discipline, but what is one way Anne suggests to give yourself a break and still be productive?
(a) Eat a Kit-Kat bar.
(b) Calling around.
(c) Meditate.
(d) Writing on index cards.

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

10. A moral position is not a message, but what is it according to Anne?
(a) A passionate caring inside you.
(b) Something you need to make sure everyone believes, or you shouldn't associate with them.
(c) Wishful thinking.
(d) Something to spend a couple of paragraphs on in your book.

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

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

13. How do Anne's students often respond when asked why they want to write?
(a) They do not want to be silenced anymore.
(b) They are looking for a writing companion.
(c) They want money, fame, and fortune.
(d) They want to get published.

14. Besides calling around, what is another way to escape the isolation of writing?
(a) Taking a dancing class.
(b) Joining a meditation group.
(c) Joining a writing class.
(d) Employing a good therapist.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people have told Anne they were thankful to know what the wire was on champagne bottles?

2. What did Jean Rhys write about the success of writers?

3. According to Anne, your unconscious cannot work when this is going on.

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

5. What soothes and heals Anne when she is paranoid, jealous, or upset for any reason?

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