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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 ultimately helped Anne overcome her jealousy?
(a) Feeling it and then writing about it.
(b) Talking to a friend.
(c) Meditation.
(d) Going to visit family.

2. How many people have told Anne they were thankful to know what the wire was on champagne bottles?
(a) Five.
(b) Hundreds.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

3. Anne does not agree with the word "block," which suggests something is constipated or stuck. How does she describe 'writer's block'?
(a) As having the rug pulled out from under you.
(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 being empty.

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

5. How does Anne suggest finding a partner to read your work?
(a) Ask someone who rarely reads if they would read your work.
(b) Ask someone whose work you admire if they would like to work with you.
(c) Put an ad in the paper or on the bulletin board.
(d) Ask someone who is a best seller if they would like to work with you.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Anne say we are to tell the truth and write in our own voice?

3. What is publication like for Anne?

4. Where has Anne found some of the best letter writing?

5. What did Jean Rhys write about the success of writers?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. What does Anne say is a major step is in relying on your own intuition?

6. In Part 4, Section 4, Publication, Anne is humbled by two events. What were they?

7. Anne does not agree with the use of the word "block" in "writer's block." How does Anne describe this feeling?

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

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

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

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