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

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

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

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

5. 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) A passionate caring inside you.
(c) Something you need to make sure everyone believes, or you shouldn't associate with them.
(d) Wishful thinking.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose work does Anne love to read when it comes out, but regrets that her students start writing like that author?

2. What does Anne state that financial success guarantees a writer?

3. Before she sends copies to her editor or agent, who reads Anne's drafts for her?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Anne consider calling around work?

2. What are some reasons that students attend Anne's writing classes?

3. How should a reviewer respond to your material, according to Anne?

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

5. Good things happen to bad writers, mainly, anyone who is not you. Why does this happen according to Anne?

6. Why do Anne students sometimes take on the voice of popular writers?

7. What has Anne found to be the best ways of dealing with station KFKD?

8. According to Anne, how can having a writing group affect you and your work as a writer?

9. 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?

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

(see the answer keys)

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