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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. How do Anne's students often respond when asked why they want to write?
(a) They want money, fame, and fortune.
(b) They are looking for a writing companion.
(c) They want to get published.
(d) They do not want to be silenced anymore.

2. What Sharon Olds poem does Anne pass out at every class?
(a) I Write.
(b) Footprints.
(c) I Go Back to May 1937.
(d) The Winds Carried Me.

3. According to Anne, what two things can teach you to give of yourself?
(a) A three-year-old and characters.
(b) Characters and short assignments.
(c) A credit card bill and a gas guzzling automobile.
(d) Your work in progess and your three-year-old.

4. What does Anne suggest students do when faced with "writer's block?"
(a) Write about school breakfasts to get the creativeness flowing.
(b) Accept that they are challenged writers who should take her class again later.
(c) Breathe calmly and meditate.
(d) Accept that they are not in a creative period right now, in doing so you free yourself to fill up again.

5. What does Anne consider a gift if you have it?
(a) A connection with the Dalai Lama.
(b) Sophisticated innocence.
(c) Patience with a three-year-old.
(d) Ability to speak another language.

Short Answer Questions

1. Every writer needs discipline, but what is one way Anne suggests to give yourself a break and still be productive?

2. According to Anne, what does being a writer guarantee?

3. What does Anne suggest you do when your mind starts to wander again and again?

4. What did Anne's book do for her father?

5. Besides going to classes and conferences, what is another way to receive feedback from other writers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Does Anne consider calling around work?

7. Six months before Pammy died, her doctor told Anne to watch her carefully. In dying, how was Pammy teaching Anne how to live? What effect has this had on Anne's writing?

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

9. How did Anne's article about being a lifelong Giants fan originate?

10. Why does Anne have index cards all over her house?

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