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

2. How does Anne suggest finding a partner to read your work?
(a) Put an ad in the paper or on the bulletin board.
(b) Ask someone who is a best seller if they would like to work with you.
(c) Ask someone whose work you admire if they would like to work with you.
(d) Ask someone who rarely reads if they would read your work.

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

4. How many people have told Anne they were thankful to know what the wire was on champagne bottles?
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) One.
(d) Hundreds.

5. 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.

6. What is Henry James' classic line about a writer looking for his glasses which were atop his head?
(a) "A writer is someone who looses lots."
(b) "A writer always needs to wear his glasses."
(c) "A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost."
(d) "A writer is someone who has lots to loose."

7. What did Jean Rhys write about the success of writers?
(a) Enjoy your success, this is your moment that you have earned.
(b) What is good for one is good for all.
(c) Worker bees work, queen bees get the glory.
(d) The Gulf Stream is big, get a straw.

8. What does Anne say that unpublished writers need?
(a) To be ripped apart for their awful work.
(b) A good plot treatment.
(c) Attention and honesty.
(d) Lots of material on index cards.

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

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

11. Where has Anne found some of the best letter writing?
(a) Letters from people wanting to tell their children about their childhoods.
(b) Letters written by people in love.
(c) Letters from people in World War One.
(d) Letters from children detailing an event in their childhood.

12. 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.

13. What does Anne state is the most degrading occupational hazard of being a writer?
(a) KFKD.
(b) Jealousy.
(c) Unruly characters.
(d) Paranoia.

14. According to Anne, what two things can teach you to give of yourself?
(a) Your work in progess and your three-year-old.
(b) A three-year-old and characters.
(c) A credit card bill and a gas guzzling automobile.
(d) Characters and short assignments.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Anne believe drives a writer's work?

2. According to Anne, becoming a writer is about becoming ________.

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

4. What constructive way does Anne suggest a writer deal with jealousy?

5. Why does Anne state you should explore and understand your childhood?

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