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

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

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

4. What did Anne have after a full day of calling around?
(a) A description of how to train grapevines.
(b) Nothing, no one had any material for her that was useful.
(c) A description of vineyards.
(d) A description of chardonnay wine.

5. Every writer needs discipline, but what is one way Anne suggests to give yourself a break and still be productive?
(a) Meditate.
(b) Calling around.
(c) Writing on index cards.
(d) Eat a Kit-Kat bar.

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

7. What other writing skill did Anne use to write her letter to Sam?
(a) School lunches.
(b) One-inch picture frame.
(c) Jealousy.
(d) Calling around.

8. What does Anne say has cosmic importance?
(a) Taking all the classes she has to offer.
(b) Learning to be a giver.
(c) Learning to squash all feelings of jealousy.
(d) Learning to write good plot treatments.

9. According to Anne, what does being a writer guarantee?
(a) You will get published and receive lots of money.
(b) You will spend too much time alone.
(c) You will become neurotic.
(d) You will travel and meet many interesting people.

10. Besides going to classes and conferences, what is another way to receive feedback from other writers?
(a) Mail other writers your drafts and hope they respond to you.
(b) Start a writing group.
(c) Solicit advice from people you meet at bookstores.
(d) Send your work via email to every address you have.

11. 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) Take it bird by bird.
(c) You should never write when you are upset.
(d) Be conscious of how much you have to give, and save up for furture projects.

12. What is one reason Anne wrote the book for her father?
(a) She was jealous of another writer's book about cancer.
(b) She needed an advance from her agent.
(c) The Dalai Lama himself told her to write it.
(d) There was only one book about cancer that was funny.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Anne consider a most depressing experience?

2. Where has Anne found some of the best letter writing?

3. How do you get your confidence and intuition back?

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

5. What is the way to the truth, your truth, according to Anne?

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