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

2. What did Anne's therapist tell her jealousy was?
(a) A secondary emotion from feeling excluded and deprived.
(b) An emotion to be ignored and forgotten.
(c) An emotion that can irritate her ulcers.
(d) An emotion that can tear apart friends.

3. If we do not have our broccoli to help us write, what guides us?
(a) The set design.
(b) Our rational mind.
(c) The one-inch picture frame.
(d) The plot treatment.

4. Before she sends copies to her editor or agent, who reads Anne's drafts for her?
(a) Her son and the guy at the copy shop.
(b) Her two best friends.
(c) Her best friend and a librarian.
(d) A student and a librarian.

5. How does Anne suggest you should expect someone to review your work?
(a) In a harsh and savage way.
(b) In both a gentle and harsh way.
(c) With a big red crayon.
(d) In a gentle and encouraging way.

6. How does Anne write at times when she is stuck?
(a) As if she will live forever.
(b) She writes in first person.
(c) As if she was dying tomorrow.
(d) She does not write at all, but goes to the beach instead.

7. What does Anne suggest you do when your mind starts to wander again and again?
(a) Blast heavy-metal music again.
(b) Take another nap.
(c) Call a friend again.
(d) Gently bring your mind back to your work.

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

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

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

11. You brought your work into being, what does Anne say you must give it every day?
(a) You do not have to give your work anything on a daily basis.
(b) Good plot lines and a terrific set.
(c) Time and patience.
(d) Food, health, advice, and love.

12. According to Anne, what two things can teach you to give of yourself?
(a) Characters and short assignments.
(b) A three-year-old and characters.
(c) A credit card bill and a gas guzzling automobile.
(d) Your work in progess and your three-year-old.

13. What does Anne say the single greatest obstacle is to listening to your broccoli?
(a) Radishes, they always overpower everything.
(b) Inconsistency with your characters.
(c) The paranoid voices.
(d) Radio station KFKD.

14. 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) Sit in a corner with your arms around your knees, and just start rocking back and forth.
(c) Flip a coin.
(d) Call your mother for advice.

15. How many people have told Anne they were thankful to know what the wire was on champagne bottles?
(a) Five.
(b) One.
(c) Hundreds.
(d) Three.

Short Answer Questions

1. When you are still, and breathing calmly, what can happen, according to Anne?

2. Why does Anne say we are to tell the truth and write in our own voice?

3. What are bound galleys?

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

5. What Sharon Olds poem does Anne pass out at every class?

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