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

2. Secretly, why do some people attend Anne's writing class?
(a) To socialize.
(b) To become her friend.
(c) In hopes she will love their writing and send it to her agent.
(d) To learn how to write better.

3. Where did Sam's pastor say is the only place we can find peace?
(a) In meditation.
(b) In a fortune cookie.
(c) In publication.
(d) In our hearts.

4. What is the myth of publication, according to Anne?
(a) All self-doubt is erased and you get a new home.
(b) There is no myth of publication, it really is a joyous event.
(c) It is a joyous event and your phone rings off the hook with kudos from friends.
(d) It is a joyous event and all self-doubt is erased.

5. What are good ways to start writing groups?
(a) Ask people on the street and your family members.
(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) Put an ad on a bulletin board and ask people on the street.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are two good reasons cited by Anne for calling around?

2. What Sharon Olds poem does Anne pass out at every class?

3. What did Anne's therapist tell her jealousy was?

4. Why does Anne state that writing matters?

5. What ultimately helped Anne overcome her jealousy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Anne encourage her students to write out of vengeance, as long as they do it nicely?

2. Anne states that writers strive to tell the truth. Can truth be told as a one-liner on a bumper sticker?

3. In Part 3, Help Along the Way, Section 1, Index Cards, Anne uses the index cards not only for notes, but in what other way?

4. What do Annie Dillard and Anne say about giving to your work?

5. In dealing with our characters, what is moral material, according to Anne?

6. How does Anne say someone reading your material can help you?

7. What additional benefit results from Anne calling around in search for the name of the wire thing topping champagne bottles?

8. Why does Anne suggest writing a letter when you have run out of ideas of what to do next?

9. In Part 4, Publication and Other Reasons to Write, Section 1, Writing a Present, Anne describes bowling as life at its most immediate. What did she mean by this?

10. What is the main reason Anne's students want to write?

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