The Writing Life Short Answer Test - Answer Key

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

A philosophy concerned with the nature and origin of knowledge.

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

Laying out a line of words.

3. As explained by Dillard in Chapter 1, what must be done to a piece of writing after the first draft is finished?

It must be mercilessly edited.

4. Oftentimes, what part of Dillard's work must be edited out?

The best-written part.

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