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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. Where does Anne say a moral position begins?
(a) In a proper set design.
(b) In a bad first draft.
(c) In the plot treatment.
(d) In the heart of a character.

2. Besides going to classes and conferences, what is another way to receive feedback from other writers?
(a) Mail other writers your drafts and hope they respond to you.
(b) Solicit advice from people you meet at bookstores.
(c) Start a writing group.
(d) Send your work via email to every address you have.

3. Where did the book Anne wrote about her friend Pammy originate?
(a) A letter to the San Francisco Giants.
(b) A short assignment about index cards.
(c) Journal entries about Sam as a baby.
(d) Her father's book.

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

5. What did Anne and her friend Carpenter do for each other on the day they both had books out?
(a) Unknowingly went to the same bookstore for a signing.
(b) Called each other to say congratulations.
(c) Consoled each other with boxes of chocolates and martinis.
(d) Unknowingly sent flowers to each other.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Anne, what can the writing of an informal letter free you from?

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

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

4. What did Annie Dillard say about writing?

5. If we do not have our broccoli to help us write, what guides us?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

(see the answer keys)

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