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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 Annie Dillard say about writing?
(a) Be conscious of how much you have to give, and save up for furture projects.
(b) You should never write when you are upset.
(c) You have to give the work before you your best, not saving up for a later project.
(d) Take it bird by bird.

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

3. What does Anne believe drives a writer's work?
(a) Publishers.
(b) The writer believing in the position taken by the characters.
(c) Deadlines.
(d) The climax.

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

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

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

7. 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 empty.
(b) As being as jealous as the green-eyed monster.
(c) As being nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
(d) As having the rug pulled out from under you.

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

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

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 What does Anne say that unpublished writers need?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

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

12. 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.

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

14. What are two good reasons cited by Anne for calling around?
(a) It keeps you from being bored, and you can double-bill your agent.
(b) People enjoy talking about what they know, and you can consider it.
(c) You can consider it work and double-bill your agent.
(d) People enjoy talking about what they know, and it keeps you from being bored.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Anne wish she could write all the time?

2. If we do not have our broccoli to help us write, what guides us?

3. Where does Anne keep her index cards?

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

5. What did Anne use to entertain her son, Sam, while he was in the emergency room?

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