The Writing Life Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Oftentimes, what part of Dillard's work must be edited out?
(a) The dialogue.
(b) The opening paragraph.
(c) The typos and misspellings.
(d) The best-written part.

2. In the life of a Danish aristocrat mentioned in Chapter 2, what did he do for most of the day?
(a) Napped.
(b) Ate.
(c) Swam.
(d) Hunted.

3. What does Dillard claim as being a good life?
(a) Living as a Danish aristocrat.
(b) A life spent reading.
(c) A life lived in the senses.
(d) A day spent reading.

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

5. When Dillard relays a story about a cabdriver singing a boring song, why did the driver sing it twice?
(a) It was a throw-away song.
(b) He wanted to bore the author.
(c) He was stalling for time.
(d) It had taken him a long time to get it right.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the title of the Jack London book mentioned in Chapter 2?

2. Saint-Pol-Roux used to hang what sign on his door while he slept?

3. What part of the body does the "line of words" in Chapter 1 invade?

4. Who did Dillard see standing at the chess table in the Roanoke library one night?

5. What does Dillard say that she feels a writer must do about feeling one's work in progress is either magnificent or abominable?

(see the answer key)

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