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

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

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

4. What does the fourteenth Dalai Lama claim to be his religion?
(a) Kindness.
(b) Moral position.
(c) Buddhism.
(d) Good ethics.

5. Before she sends copies to her editor or agent, who reads Anne's drafts for her?
(a) Her best friend and a librarian.
(b) A student and a librarian.
(c) Her son and the guy at the copy shop.
(d) Her two best friends.

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

7. What joy has Anne found in publication?
(a) The money.
(b) Realizing that work is over and she can move on now.
(c) Knowing that she is doing what she loves best.
(d) Knowing that more book offers are on the way.

8. 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.

9. 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) You can consider it work and double-bill your agent.
(d) People enjoy talking about what they know, and you can consider it.

10. What does Anne state that financial success guarantees a writer?
(a) Adoring fans.
(b) A more expensive set of problems.
(c) More paranoia.
(d) Many book signings.

11. What ultimately helped Anne overcome her jealousy?
(a) Meditation.
(b) Going to visit family.
(c) Feeling it and then writing about it.
(d) Talking to a friend.

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

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

14. Where does Anne keep her index cards?
(a) In a nice stack on her desk.
(b) Everywhere.
(c) In her purse.
(d) In her pocket and in her car.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Anne say has cosmic importance?

2. What did Anne's therapist tell her jealousy was?

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

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

5. What did Annie Dillard say about writing?

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