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

2. Why did we lose access to our broccoli?
(a) Writer's block.
(b) Grown-ups corrected, ridiculed, or punished us for our words.
(c) Dr. Suess took it away.
(d) We got lazy.

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

4. What soothes and heals Anne when she is paranoid, jealous, or upset for any reason?
(a) Going to the beach.
(b) Asprin and a nap.
(c) Writing.
(d) Calling around.

5. What did Annie Dillard say about writing?
(a) You should never write when you are upset.
(b) Take it bird by bird.
(c) Be conscious of how much you have to give, and save up for furture projects.
(d) You have to give the work before you your best, not saving up for a later project.

6. What is the way to the truth, your truth, according to Anne?
(a) To go through your anger, damage, and grief.
(b) Endure time alone with your thoguhts.
(c) Meditation and expensive therapy.
(d) Writing as someone else would.

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

8. Of Anne's former students, the four that formed a writing group, how many of them had been published?
(a) All of them.
(b) None.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

9. 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) Take another nap.
(c) Call a friend again.
(d) Blast heavy-metal music again.

10. 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 nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
(b) As being as jealous as the green-eyed monster.
(c) As having the rug pulled out from under you.
(d) As being empty.

11. 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) Unknowingly sent flowers to each other.
(d) Called each other to say congratulations.

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

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

14. What does Anne suggest students do when faced with "writer's block?"
(a) Accept that they are challenged writers who should take her class again later.
(b) Accept that they are not in a creative period right now, in doing so you free yourself to fill up again.
(c) Write about school breakfasts to get the creativeness flowing.
(d) Breathe calmly and meditate.

15. What are two good reasons cited by Anne for calling around?
(a) It keeps you from being bored, and you can double-bill your agent.
(b) People enjoy talking about what they know, and it keeps you from being bored.
(c) People enjoy talking about what they know, and you can consider it.
(d) You can consider it work and double-bill your agent.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. You brought your work into being, what does Anne say you must give it every day?

3. What ultimately helped Anne overcome her jealousy?

4. Why did Pammy's doctor tell Anne to watch Pammy carefully in her final days?

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

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