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 consider a most depressing experience?
(a) Jealousy.
(b) Writer's block.
(c) Having so much material you can not write fast enough.
(d) Editors not liking your work.

2. Where does Anne say a moral position begins?
(a) In the heart of a character.
(b) In the plot treatment.
(c) In a bad first draft.
(d) In a proper set design.

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

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

5. Whose work does Anne love to read when it comes out, but regrets that her students start writing like that author?
(a) Arthur C. Clarke.
(b) Isabel Allende.
(c) Dr. Suess.
(d) Gore Vidal.

6. Anne has written two books and a short story as presents. Who were they for?
(a) Pammy, her father, and her son.
(b) Her father, Pammy, and Brice's parents.
(c) Her father, Pammy, and Brice.
(d) The Dalai Lama, her father, and Pammy.

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

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

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

10. According to Anne, your unconscious cannot work when this is going on.
(a) When KFKD is on.
(b) When you are jealous.
(c) When you cannot get a particular song out of your head.
(d) When you are breathing down its neck.

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

12. Where did Anne get the idea to use broccoli as her intuition?
(a) Dr. Suess.
(b) Samuel Goldwyn.
(c) Mel Brooks.
(d) The fourteenth Dalai Lama.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides going to classes and conferences, what is another way to receive feedback from other writers?

2. According to Anne, what does being a writer guarantee?

3. What soothes and heals Anne when she is paranoid, jealous, or upset for any reason?

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

5. According to Anne, what can the writing of an informal letter free you from?

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