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

2. 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) The truth as others see it, no one cares what you think.
(d) Half truths, which are much more interesting.

3. What kind of feedback do the two people that read Anne's drafts give her?
(a) How to make her story more interesting and publication ready.
(b) How to make her story funnier, stronger, more interesting, and less tedious.
(c) How to make her story into a blockbuster movie.
(d) How to make her story less tedious and in funnier dialect.

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

5. What does Anne sometimes use her index cards for?
(a) Thought provoking party favors.
(b) Set design.
(c) Short assignments, to get writing again.
(d) Nothing, she throws them all away.

6. According to Anne, what is publication not going to do for you?
(a) Change your life.
(b) Help you get over your jealousy.
(c) Assist you in writing a screen play.
(d) Make writing easier for the next novel.

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 What does Anne say that unpublished writers need?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

8. How does Anne write at times when she is stuck?
(a) As if she will live forever.
(b) She writes in first person.
(c) As if she was dying tomorrow.
(d) She does not write at all, but goes to the beach instead.

9. What constructive way does Anne suggest a writer deal with jealousy?
(a) Simply forget about it and move on, because your turn is next.
(b) Write down your feelings then crumple up the paper and throw it away.
(c) Use it as material in a book.
(d) Tell your therapist about the feelings.

10. What does Anne consider a gift if you have it?
(a) Patience with a three-year-old.
(b) A connection with the Dalai Lama.
(c) Sophisticated innocence.
(d) Ability to speak another language.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Secretly, why do some people attend Anne's writing class?

2. What are bound galleys?

3. From what assignment did Anne end up writing a letter to her son?

4. What is the best thing to do when you have a decision to make and do not know what to do?

5. When you are stuck in your writing, but you can not leave it alone, what is something Anne suggests to try?

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