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 does Ms. Allende's writing style offer to the reader?
(a) A headache.
(b) A sense of being understood.
(c) Sharp turns and suspenseful drama.
(d) Nourishment of the imagination and wonder.

2. 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 fingers, a river of stories pour through them.
(c) KFKD, it is as big as the Gulf Stream.
(d) Our pencil, a river of stories pour though it.

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

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

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

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

7. Whose work does Anne love to read when it comes out, but regrets that her students start writing like that author?
(a) Gore Vidal.
(b) Arthur C. Clarke.
(c) Dr. Suess.
(d) Isabel Allende.

8. Where did Sam's pastor say is the only place we can find peace?
(a) In publication.
(b) In a fortune cookie.
(c) In our hearts.
(d) In meditation.

9. Why does Anne say we are to tell the truth and write in our own voice?
(a) Because it is our nature.
(b) Because it says so in the writer's manual.
(c) If you write using someone elses voice, they will be jealous.
(d) You do not want a libel suit on your hands.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Annie Dillard say about writing?

2. Anne does not agree with the word "block," which suggests something is constipated or stuck. How does she describe 'writer's block'?

3. What is libel?

4. What did Anne use to entertain her son, Sam, while he was in the emergency room?

5. Where does Anne keep her index cards?

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