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

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

3. When writing her letter to Sam, who did Anne picture peering over her shoulder?
(a) Her editor.
(b) Pammy.
(c) Dr. Suess.
(d) Sam.

4. What is libel?
(a) What you can sue the papers for and get lots of money.
(b) Making untrue accusations.
(c) Defamation by written or printed word.
(d) It is the liberty within us all.

5. Where did Sam's pastor say is the only place we can find peace?
(a) In a fortune cookie.
(b) In our hearts.
(c) In meditation.
(d) In publication.

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

7. You brought your work into being, what does Anne say you must give it every day?
(a) Time and patience.
(b) You do not have to give your work anything on a daily basis.
(c) Good plot lines and a terrific set.
(d) Food, health, advice, and love.

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

9. What is the name of the wire that covers all champagne corks?
(a) Wire hood.
(b) Wire thingy.
(c) Cork holder.
(d) Wire.

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

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

12. What are bound galleys?
(a) Your manuscript held together by a galley.
(b) Where a cook is chained to the kitchen on a ship.
(c) A paper-bound book with manuscript set in type.
(d) A paper-bound book with food reviews on it.

13. From what assignment did Anne end up writing a letter to her son?
(a) Essay about being a life-long Giants fan.
(b) Essay about San Francisco.
(c) There was no assignment, she just wanted to write a letter to her son.
(d) Essay about baseball.

14. 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 inspiration to write a book before he died.
(c) It gave him hope to get better.
(d) Gave him the best possible months before he died and the best death.

15. What voice does Anne say is the real and true voice of a writer?
(a) The broccoli voice.
(b) The voice playing on KFKD.
(c) Their own voice.
(d) Another writer's voice.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the book Anne wrote about her friend Pammy originate?

2. How does Anne write at times when she is stuck?

3. What does Anne state that financial success guarantees a writer?

4. What does Anne say that unpublished writers need?

5. A moral position is not a message, but what is it according to Anne?

(see the answer keys)

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