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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) Going to visit family.
(c) Meditation.
(d) Talking to a friend.

2. Whose work does Anne love to read when it comes out, but regrets that her students start writing like that author?
(a) Arthur C. Clarke.
(b) Dr. Suess.
(c) Isabel Allende.
(d) Gore Vidal.

3. What did Anne have after a full day of calling around?
(a) Nothing, no one had any material for her that was useful.
(b) A description of chardonnay wine.
(c) A description of vineyards.
(d) A description of how to train grapevines.

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

5. Why does Anne say we are to tell the truth and write in our own voice?
(a) Because it is our nature.
(b) You do not want a libel suit on your hands.
(c) Because it says so in the writer's manual.
(d) If you write using someone elses voice, they will be jealous.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to Anne, what two things can teach you to give of yourself?

4. What does the fourteenth Dalai Lama claim to be his religion?

5. In Anne's comments on the Gulf Stream, what is the straw a metaphor for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What two books did Anne write as gifts and why?

3. What are the two things that put Anne in the spirit to give?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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