Bird by Bird Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What advice did Anne's father give her brother when he was overwhelmed at writing a report on birds?

2. In Anne's opinion, who writes bad first drafts?

3. What is Anne's first useful concept about?

4. What movie line does Anne suggest as a good one to tape to the wall of your office?

5. What does Anne say perfectionism will block?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Anne find out something about false starts?

2. In college, Anne found a community in which she might fit in. Why did she felt a sense of community in college?

3. According to Anne, how does knowledge of a character develop?

4. How did Anne's article on the Special Olympics start off? How did it turn out?

5. Another of Anne's stories stems from the movie Stripes. The line is "Hey, lighten up Francis." How is this story helpful to her students?

6. In Part 2, The Writing Frame of Mind, Section 1, Looking Around, what is writing about, and how do we see the writer?

7. According to Anne, how are we able to see the underlying essence of a person?

8. Alice Adams suggests the ABDCE formula for writing a short story. How can formulas be a great way to get us started?

9. How does Anne compare writing a first draft to watching a Polaroid develop?

10. How does Anne say perfectionism affects writing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anne likens the process of writing a first draft to a Polaroid picture developing. Compare and contrast the two.

Essay Topic 2

Anne starts off the last chapter by again encouraging her students to write about their childhood. Why does she place so much emphasis on writing about your childhood? How did we look at the world when we were children? What do you have to gain emotionally from writing about your childhood? What do you have to gain for your future work?

Essay Topic 3

According to Anne, radio station KFKD is the single greatest obstacle to a writer being able to hear their broccoli. Compare and contrast what plays out of the two speakers. Why do you think they are opposing thoughts?

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