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 publication like for Anne?
(a) It is really uneventful, no one notices or comments.
(b) The last few weeks of pregnancy and the first day of seventh-day PE class.
(c) A joyous event and all her self-doubt is erased.
(d) Her phone rings off the hook with friends and publishers calling her.

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. What does Ms. Allende's writing style offer to the reader?
(a) Sharp turns and suspenseful drama.
(b) A sense of being understood.
(c) Nourishment of the imagination and wonder.
(d) A headache.

7. What are good ways to start writing groups?
(a) Ask people on the street and your family members.
(b) Ask people from class, or put an ad in the newpapers and on bulletin boards.
(c) Put an ad in the newspaper and ask your family members.
(d) Put an ad on a bulletin board and ask people on the street.

8. 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 want to get published.
(c) They are looking for a writing companion.
(d) They want money, fame, and fortune.

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

10. Why did Pammy's doctor tell Anne to watch Pammy carefully in her final days?
(a) For Anne to call and report Pammy's progress.
(b) Pammy was teaching Anne how to live.
(c) For Anne to see that cancer affects the body, but the essence of the person lives.
(d) Pammy's doctor did not want her as a patient any more.

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

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

13. Besides going to classes and conferences, what is another way to receive feedback from other writers?
(a) Solicit advice from people you meet at bookstores.
(b) Start a writing group.
(c) Mail other writers your drafts and hope they respond to you.
(d) Send your work via email to every address you have.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Anne, what is publication not going to do for you?

2. What did Anne and her friend Carpenter do for each other on the day they both had books out?

3. What is the way to the truth, your truth, according to Anne?

4. In Anne's comments on the Gulf Stream, what is the straw a metaphor for?

5. What is the name of the wire that covers all champagne corks?

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