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. What part of the body does the "line of words" in Chapter 1 invade?
(a) The brain.
(b) The heart.
(c) The soul.
(d) The lungs.

2. How does Dillard describe the process of writing a book?
(a) "It is boring and difficult."
(b) "It is life at its most free."
(c) "It is something to avoid at all costs."
(d) "It is a dreamlike task."

3. What does Dillard's "line of words" do with random pictures in the writer's mind?
(a) Writes them down, word for word.
(b) Dreams of them.
(c) Dissects them out.
(d) Dismisses them.

4. What do television and films do to the body's senses, according to Dillard?
(a) Make connections.
(b) Numb them.
(c) They make the writer sense the need to write.
(d) Stimulate them.

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) Annie Dillard.
(d) Henry James.

Short Answer Questions

1. Dillard believes that some writers weaken their resolve to discard parts of their work. Why?

2. When Dillard relays a story about a cabdriver singing a boring song, why did the driver sing it twice?

3. What happened in Bridgeport, Connecticut one morning in April, 1987?

4. Dillard refers to writing as changing "..from an expression of your notions to an epistemological tool." What does epistemological mean?

5. Who said a long poem takes between five and ten years to write?

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