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, becoming a writer is about becoming ________.
(a) Famous.
(b) Truthful.
(c) Published.
(d) Conscious.

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

3. What is the best way to quiet KFKD?
(a) Earplugs.
(b) Blast heavy-metal music.
(c) Call a friend.
(d) Realize it is on, have a writing ritual, and breathe.

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

5. According to Anne, what can the writing of an informal letter free you from?
(a) Paranoia.
(b) Jealousy.
(c) Perfectionism.
(d) Plot treatments.

6. What is Henry James' classic line about a writer looking for his glasses which were atop his head?
(a) "A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost."
(b) "A writer is someone who looses lots."
(c) "A writer always needs to wear his glasses."
(d) "A writer is someone who has lots to loose."

7. What did Anne's book do for her father?
(a) It gave him hope to get better.
(b) It gave him an ulcer, because Anne was not a very good writer at this point.
(c) It gave him inspiration to write a book before he died.
(d) Gave him the best possible months before he died and the best death.

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

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

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

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

12. 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.

13. What Sharon Olds poem does Anne pass out at every class?
(a) I Write.
(b) Footprints.
(c) The Winds Carried Me.
(d) I Go Back to May 1937.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Of Anne's former students, the four that formed a writing group, how many of them had been published?

2. How does Anne suggest finding a partner to read your work?

3. What did Anne have after a full day of calling around?

4. How do Anne's students often respond when asked why they want to write?

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

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