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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What had Dillard forgotten all about as she worked on a Fourth-of-July night?
(a) Eating dinner.
(b) Her books.
(c) Where she was in her writing.
(d) The rest of the world.

3. What do television and films do to the body's senses, according to Dillard?
(a) They make the writer sense the need to write.
(b) Numb them.
(c) Make connections.
(d) Stimulate them.

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

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

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

7. What part of the body does the "line of words" in Chapter 1 invade?
(a) The lungs.
(b) The soul.
(c) The brain.
(d) The heart.

8. Which insect is discussed in the book as part of an entomological experiment?
(a) A fly.
(b) Phataria.
(c) A worm.
(d) A butterfly.

9. How does Dillard describe the process of writing a book?
(a) "It is something to avoid at all costs."
(b) "It is boring and difficult."
(c) "It is a dreamlike task."
(d) "It is life at its most free."

10. What did Dillard's study carrel in the Hollins College library overlook?
(a) A grove of elm trees.
(b) A river.
(c) A tar-and-gravel roof.
(d) A brick wall.

11. What does Dillard compare writing to in the first paragraph of the book?
(a) A path to pick through.
(b) Laying out a line of words.
(c) A dead end.
(d) An ordeal to be probed.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is needed in the world more than another excellent manuscript, as far as Dillard is concerned?

3. Who said a long poem takes between five and ten years to write?

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

5. How long did it take William Faulkner to write "As I Lay Dying"?

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