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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Washington writer, Charlie Butts, write fiction in order to gain momentum?
(a) He wrote while running mindless errands.
(b) He repeatedly left the house and wrote quickly upon return.
(c) He left every last written page in the middle of a sentence.
(d) He did not rise from his chair until writing 10 pages.

2. Which book does Dillard say she discovered that she touched every night in the darkened library to find her room?
(a) World's End.
(b) The World I Live In.
(c) It's the End of the World.
(d) The World Without Us.

3. What does Dillard have to say about appealing workplaces for writing?
(a) The lovelier the scenery, the better.
(b) Avoid drabness at all costs.
(c) They are to be avoided.
(d) Bright yellow paint on the walls is best.

4. Who said a long poem takes between five and ten years to write?
(a) Walt Whitman.
(b) John Berryman.
(c) Emily Dickinson.
(d) Maya Angelou.

5. What is needed in the world more than another excellent manuscript, as far as Dillard is concerned?
(a) Honey.
(b) Bees.
(c) Shoes.
(d) Pollen.

6. What ended the chess game for Dillard in Chapter 2?
(a) The custodian wished to stop playing.
(b) She finished writing her book.
(c) The baby went home.
(d) The opponent scrambled the board up completely.

7. According to Dillard, how do painters work as opposed to writers?
(a) Painters work with their hands, writers with their heads.
(b) Painters work on a blank canvas, writers on a computer.
(c) Painters work with color, writers with black and white.
(d) Painters work from the ground up, writers from left to right.

8. When a writer is stuck while writing a book, what does Dillard think he should do?
(a) Write, no matter what.
(b) Do crosswords to stimulate the brain.
(c) Nothing but think about it.
(d) Read books that are similar.

9. 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."

10. What was knocking on the carrel window as Dillard worked in Roanoke?
(a) A June bug.
(b) A bat.
(c) Rain.
(d) Mosquitos.

11. How long does it generally take to write a book?
(a) Two to ten years.
(b) Six months.
(c) One to five years.
(d) One to ten months.

12. Dillard believes that some writers weaken their resolve to discard parts of their work. Why?
(a) The words have come to have a necessary quality.
(b) People have told them it is too good to discard.
(c) They believe every word they write is too important to discard.
(d) It is too much work.

13. Who is the main character in a story told by Ernest Thompson Seton?
(a) A Native American woman.
(b) An Eskimo man.
(c) An Algonquin woman.
(d) A fisherman.

14. Which author would walk through the hills for seven or eight hours on end without a hint of fatigue?
(a) Dante.
(b) Emerson.
(c) Nietzsche.
(d) Stevens.

15. How long did it take William Faulkner to write "As I Lay Dying"?
(a) Six months.
(b) Six weeks.
(c) Six years.
(d) Ten years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dillard say shocked her as she remembered a formal lunch with a publishing colleague in Chapter 2?

2. What does Dillard say that the printed word cannot compete with?

3. When Dillard is watching symbols move on her monitor, which sends back numbers to her, what is it her job to do?

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

5. Which insect is discussed in the book as part of an entomological experiment?

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