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

2. What is the myth of publication, according to Anne?
(a) It is a joyous event and your phone rings off the hook with kudos from friends.
(b) There is no myth of publication, it really is a joyous event.
(c) All self-doubt is erased and you get a new home.
(d) It is a joyous event and all self-doubt is erased.

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

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

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

6. How does Anne suggest you should expect someone to review your work?
(a) In a gentle and encouraging way.
(b) In a harsh and savage way.
(c) In both a gentle and harsh way.
(d) With a big red crayon.

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

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

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

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

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

12. Besides calling around, what is another way to escape the isolation of writing?
(a) Joining a meditation group.
(b) Joining a writing class.
(c) Taking a dancing class.
(d) Employing a good therapist.

13. What brings Anne's students the feeling of liberation?
(a) Discipline in writing.
(b) Writing about their childhood.
(c) Writing about people who wronged them.
(d) A deep breath.

14. How do you get your confidence and intuition back?
(a) By taking a writing class.
(b) By calling a friend.
(c) By exercising daily.
(d) By stopping the chattering of the rational mind.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What voice does Anne say is the real and true voice of a writer?

2. What is one reason Anne wrote the book for her father?

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

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

5. What does Anne say that unpublished writers need?

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