Bird by Bird Test | Final 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. How many people have told Anne they were thankful to know what the wire was on champagne bottles?

2. Secretly, why do some people attend Anne's writing class?

3. When writing her letter to Sam, who did Anne picture peering over her shoulder?

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

5. According to Anne, your unconscious cannot work when this is going on.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does Anne consider calling around work?

3. What does Anne state is the myth of publication?

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

5. What does Anne say one's own broccoli can tell them?

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

7. Why does writing matter, according to Anne?

8. In dealing with our characters, what is moral material, according to Anne?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Section 4, Part 2, Finding Your Voice Anne talks about how, in the beginning, her students will emulate the voice of other writers they admire. How does a writer find their true inner voice? Why can the truth of your experience only come through your own inner voice? What does it take to get to your truth, and what must happen with the damage inside you?

Essay Topic 2

Why is publication so important so some writers? Do you think these people will ever see writing its own reward? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

A feeling Anne suffers from throughout the book is paranoia. In Part 1 Writing, Section 1 Getting Started, what does Anne tell her students about paranoia and the other painful feelings? She goes on to read a poem by Phillip Lopate about paranoia. What are the reactions of the students?

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