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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Dillard say she wound up putting her pen drawing in Chapter 2?
(a) On her kitchen fridge.
(b) Between the pages of her novel.
(c) Taped to the venetian blinds.
(d) On the wall of the library.

2. 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) Henry James.
(c) Annie Dillard.
(d) William Faulkner.

3. Whose wife posed for the Liberty dime?
(a) Wallace Stevens.
(b) Osip Mandelstam.
(c) Thomas Mann.
(d) Wilhelm Dinesen.

4. What do experienced writers urge young men and women to learn, according to Chapter 1?
(a) Word definitions.
(b) Shakesperian plays.
(c) A useful trade.
(d) How to spell.

5. What question does Dillard say a writer must ask when considering random scenes that come to mind?
(a) Is writing the same as film exposure?
(b) Do I want to expose these scenes to the light?
(c) How many scenes do I need to write?
(d) Should I write everything I think of?

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

7. Who does Dillard say that she believes to be one of the most prolific writers who has ever lived?
(a) Thomas Mann.
(b) William Shakespeare.
(c) James Patterson.
(d) Edgar Allen Poe.

8. When Dillard is watching symbols move on her monitor, which sends back numbers to her, what is it her job to do?
(a) Go for a drive.
(b) Hold her breath.
(c) Stop immediately.
(d) Translate the numbers.

9. What animal, according to Dillard, is an analogy for characters in a writer's book "taking over"?
(a) The sea star.
(b) The caterpillar.
(c) The lion.
(d) A shark.

10. When Dillard once wrote in a cinder-block cell, what scene did it overlook?
(a) A strip mall.
(b) Cape Cod bay.
(c) Mountains.
(d) A tar-and-gravel roof.

11. What does Dillard say that the printed word cannot compete with?
(a) Travel.
(b) People.
(c) The movies.
(d) Music.

12. What does Dillard say that she feels a writer must do about feeling one's work in progress is either magnificent or abominable?
(a) Ask for help from readers.
(b) Get the work critiqued.
(c) Ignore it and not indulge in the feeling.
(d) Celebrate or cry.

13. In Dillard's thoughts, what words stopped Rebbe Shmelke from hearing his teacher?
(a) "The Lord spoke."
(b) "God bless you."
(c) "Amen."
(d) "So be it."

14. When Dillard wrote in Roanoke, Virginia, what did she long for upon coming home after writing?
(a) Sleeping till noon.
(b) A tolerant giant to soothe her.
(c) Cigarettes and coffee.
(d) A dreamless sleep.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Dillard's study carrel in the Hollins College library overlook?

3. According to Dillard, how do painters work as opposed to writers?

4. Under what circumstances did Rabbi Uri of Strelisk tell his family to dispose of his manuscripts?

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

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