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

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

3. What is the best way to quiet KFKD?

4. As a writer, what is very hard for Anne to take?

5. What does Anne believe drives a writer's work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does writing matter, according to Anne?

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

4. How can breathing calmly affect you when KFKD is playing?

5. How does Anne suggest jealousy can be beneficial for a writer?

6. In Part 3, Help Along the Way, Section 1, Index Cards, Anne uses the index cards not only for notes, but in what other way?

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

8. Does Anne consider calling around work?

9. Why does Anne suggest writing a letter when you have run out of ideas of what to do next?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Short assignments and bad first drafts are the most helpful things Anne has to impart about writing. Pick either the short assignment or bad first draft, and explain the motivation, process, and outcome of the task.

Essay Topic 2

In Part 4, Publication and Other Reasons to Write, Section 1, Writing a Present, Toni Morrison is quoted as saying, "The function of freedom is to free someone else." How can writing free another person, such as the reader? In what ways does writing affect the writer?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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