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. Anne does not agree with the word "block," which suggests something is constipated or stuck. How does she describe 'writer's block'?
(a) As being as jealous as the green-eyed monster.
(b) As being nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
(c) As having the rug pulled out from under you.
(d) As being empty.

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

3. What does Anne determine needs to be at the center of your stories?
(a) Something you care passionately about.
(b) A beautiful set design.
(c) Grape jelly, raspberry has too many seeds.
(d) A good climax.

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

5. What kind of feedback do the two people that read Anne's drafts give her?
(a) How to make her story more interesting and publication ready.
(b) How to make her story funnier, stronger, more interesting, and less tedious.
(c) How to make her story into a blockbuster movie.
(d) How to make her story less tedious and in funnier dialect.

6. What does Anne suggest feedback from someone close to you yields?
(a) Mindless suggestions and a loss of friends.
(b) Confidence and time to improve the work.
(c) Better plots and newer characters.
(d) A headache and ulcer.

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

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

9. Why does Anne state you should explore and understand your childhood?
(a) To find good material to write about.
(b) To gain the ability to empathize.
(c) To get rid of past baggage.
(d) To gain the ability to write children's books.

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

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

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

13. 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 all self-doubt is erased.
(c) All self-doubt is erased and you get a new home.
(d) It is a joyous event and your phone rings off the hook with kudos from friends.

14. 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) Consoled each other with boxes of chocolates and martinis.
(c) Unknowingly sent flowers to each other.
(d) Unknowingly went to the same bookstore for a signing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are two good reasons cited by Anne for calling around?

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

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

4. According to Anne, when did we hear and listen to our intuition?

5. What brings Anne's students the feeling of liberation?

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