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Anne Lamott
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the way to hold a reader's attention?
(a) Good plots.
(b) Dialogue.
(c) Drama.
(d) Pictures.

2. Where did Anne's father teach his class?
(a) Elementary school to children.
(b) The local community college to kids.
(c) On the street to hippies.
(d) San Quentin to the prisoners.

3. Who are the two authors that Anne says have written well about plot?
(a) John Gardner and Faulkner.
(b) Flannery O'Conner and Faulkner.
(c) Rosemary Wells and Doreen Cornin.
(d) E. M. Forester and John Gardner.

4. What two qualities are needed to communicate effectively according to Anne?
(a) Good penmanship and excellent dialect.
(b) Compassion and high morals.
(c) Respect and agressiveness.
(d) Respect and compassion.

5. What is at least half the battle Anne faces in her daily writing?
(a) Having enough paper in the printer.
(b) All the characters talking at one time.
(c) Writing a bad first draft.
(d) Quieting the critical voices.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Anne say perfectionism will block?

2. When a student is having difficulty writing, what does Anne ask them about?

3. What are great language tools that explain the unknown in terms of the known to the reader?

4. The school lunches writing assignment combines which two pieces of writing advice from Anne?

5. In the beginning of Part 2, what does Anne say writing is about?

Short Essay Questions

1. With every work there will always be more that you could have done. What does Anne warn us against with this thought?

2. Alice Adams suggests the ABDCE formula for writing a short story. How can formulas be a great way to get us started?

3. How does Anne compare writing a first draft to watching a Polaroid develop?

4. How did having a mother and father who read, and a father who was a writer, affect Anne's life?

5. How does Anne suggest writers offer hope to readers?

6. How does Anne state dialogue affects a reader?

7. How does the one-inch picture frame on Anne's desk put her in the mind to write a short assignment?

8. What was Natalie Goldberg's response when asked for the best possible writing advice she had to offer? How true is this advice?

9. How did Anne's article on the Special Olympics start off? How did it turn out?

10. What does Anne suggest can help when you sit down to write dialogue?

(see the answer keys)

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