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. When writing her letter to Sam, who did Anne picture peering over her shoulder?
(a) Sam.
(b) Her editor.
(c) Pammy.
(d) Dr. Suess.

2. What are good ways to start writing groups?
(a) Put an ad on a bulletin board and ask people on the street.
(b) Ask people on the street and your family members.
(c) Put an ad in the newspaper and ask your family members.
(d) Ask people from class, or put an ad in the newpapers and on bulletin boards.

3. Why does Anne state that writing matters?
(a) To heal the writer and get published.
(b) Because you can get published.
(c) Only to heal the writer.
(d) Because you can affect the heart and spirit of the reader.

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

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

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

7. What did Annie Dillard say about writing?
(a) You have to give the work before you your best, not saving up for a later project.
(b) Be conscious of how much you have to give, and save up for furture projects.
(c) You should never write when you are upset.
(d) Take it bird by bird.

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

9. In Anne's comments on the Gulf Stream, what is the straw a metaphor for?
(a) KFKD, it is as big as the Gulf Stream.
(b) Our pencil, a river of stories pour though it.
(c) Us, as writers. The river of the story pours through us.
(d) Our fingers, a river of stories pour through them.

10. KFKD plays in stereo. What does Anne say plays out of the left and right speakers?
(a) It does not play in stereo at all, everybody knows you are the best writer in the world.
(b) Right speaker plays how gifted your are, the left how awful your writing is.
(c) Right speaker plays how awful you are, the left how awul your writing is.
(d) Right speaker plays how gifted you are, the left how incredible your writing is.

11. What is the best thing to do when you have a decision to make and do not know what to do?
(a) Something, anything; making a mistake is better than doing nothing.
(b) Call your mother for advice.
(c) Sit in a corner with your arms around your knees, and just start rocking back and forth.
(d) Flip a coin.

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

13. How do you get your confidence and intuition back?
(a) By stopping the chattering of the rational mind.
(b) By calling a friend.
(c) By taking a writing class.
(d) By exercising daily.

14. What does Anne consider a most depressing experience?
(a) Having so much material you can not write fast enough.
(b) Editors not liking your work.
(c) Jealousy.
(d) Writer's block.

15. Where did the book Anne wrote about her friend Pammy originate?
(a) Her father's book.
(b) A short assignment about index cards.
(c) Journal entries about Sam as a baby.
(d) A letter to the San Francisco Giants.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose work does Anne love to read when it comes out, but regrets that her students start writing like that author?

2. When you start thinking like a writer, where does Anne suggest you get your material?

3. What is libel?

4. What does Anne use index cards for?

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

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