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. How does Anne wish she could write all the time?
(a) Passionately and accurately.
(b) Truthfully and soulfully.
(c) Carefully and soulfully.
(d) Fastly and accurately.

2. 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) Gore Vidal.
(d) Dr. Suess.

3. According to Anne, what does being a writer guarantee?
(a) You will spend too much time alone.
(b) You will become neurotic.
(c) You will get published and receive lots of money.
(d) You will travel and meet many interesting people.

4. What is the best way to quiet KFKD?
(a) Call a friend.
(b) Blast heavy-metal music.
(c) Realize it is on, have a writing ritual, and breathe.
(d) Earplugs.

5. According to Anne, becoming a writer is about becoming ________.
(a) Conscious.
(b) Published.
(c) Truthful.
(d) Famous.

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

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

8. Why does Anne state that writing matters?
(a) Only to heal the writer.
(b) Because you can affect the heart and spirit of the reader.
(c) Because you can get published.
(d) To heal the writer and get published.

9. A moral position is not a message, but what is it according to Anne?
(a) A passionate caring inside you.
(b) Something to spend a couple of paragraphs on in your book.
(c) Something you need to make sure everyone believes, or you shouldn't associate with them.
(d) Wishful thinking.

10. Anne does not agree with the word "block," which suggests something is constipated or stuck. How does she describe 'writer's block'?
(a) As being as jealous as the green-eyed monster.
(b) As having the rug pulled out from under you.
(c) As being nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
(d) As being empty.

11. What is one reason Anne wrote the book for her father?
(a) She was jealous of another writer's book about cancer.
(b) There was only one book about cancer that was funny.
(c) The Dalai Lama himself told her to write it.
(d) She needed an advance from her agent.

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

13. Why did we lose access to our broccoli?
(a) Writer's block.
(b) Grown-ups corrected, ridiculed, or punished us for our words.
(c) Dr. Suess took it away.
(d) We got lazy.

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

15. When you start thinking like a writer, where does Anne suggest you get your material?
(a) When you walk your dog.
(b) Everywhere, everything can be used as material.
(c) At the supermarket.
(d) During meditation.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What ultimately helped Anne overcome her jealousy?

3. How many people have told Anne they were thankful to know what the wire was on champagne bottles?

4. What does Anne say that unpublished writers need?

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

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