The Writing Life Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the main character in a story told by Ernest Thompson Seton?
(a) A fisherman.
(b) An Algonquin woman.
(c) A Native American woman.
(d) An Eskimo man.

2. How long did it take William Faulkner to write "As I Lay Dying"?
(a) Six years.
(b) Ten years.
(c) Six months.
(d) Six weeks.

3. In an analogy about a photographer, why did the photographer say he brought the same rejected photograph for judgment every year?
(a) "...I only used that camera this one time."
(b) "...I never throw anything away."
(c) "...I had to climb a mountain to get it."
(d) "...I just know it is my best shot."

4. How did Washington writer, Charlie Butts, write fiction in order to gain momentum?
(a) He did not rise from his chair until writing 10 pages.
(b) He wrote while running mindless errands.
(c) He left every last written page in the middle of a sentence.
(d) He repeatedly left the house and wrote quickly upon return.

5. Who once said, "Which is the work in which he hasn't surrendered, under dire difficulty, the best thing he meant to have kept"?
(a) William Shakespeare.
(b) William Faulkner.
(c) Henry James.
(d) Annie Dillard.

Short Answer Questions

1. What famous author said, "The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon....and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a wood-shed with them"?

2. What does Dillard compare writing to in the first paragraph of the book?

3. What do television and films do to the body's senses, according to Dillard?

4. Where does the "line of words" go at the end of Chapter 1?

5. What does Dillard say many people prefer to the written word?

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