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. What was seen outside the carrel window in Roanoke when Dillard peeked outside the blinds?
(a) Daylight.
(b) The parking lot.
(c) A May beetle.
(d) Fireworks.

2. Saint-Pol-Roux used to hang what sign on his door while he slept?
(a) "Dream in progress."
(b) "Resting is writing."
(c) "Do not disturb."
(d) "The poet is working."

3. What does Dillard say that she found so appealing about a Danish aristocrat?
(a) His life of leisure.
(b) His ability to relax.
(c) His title.
(d) His daily schedule.

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 repeatedly left the house and wrote quickly upon return.
(d) He left every last written page in the middle of a sentence.

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) Annie Dillard.
(b) William Faulkner.
(c) Henry James.
(d) William Shakespeare.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Dillard have to say about appealing workplaces for writing?

3. Who claimed to have written for twenty hours a day?

4. Which author would walk through the hills for seven or eight hours on end without a hint of fatigue?

5. How does Dillard describe the process of writing a book?

(see the answer key)

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