The Writing Life Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What question did Dillard ask Glenn that he answered with the story of Ferrar?
(a) How his work was going.
(b) What the weather was like now.
(c) How far it was to Fishery Point.
(d) How the waters were.

2. Who wrote, 'He goes because he must, as Galahad went towards the Grail; knowing that for those who can live it, this alone is life'?
(a) Henry Thoreau.
(b) Evelyn Underhill.
(c) Wallace Stevens.
(d) Albert Einstein.

3. Where was Ferrar heading as he rowed against the current all night?
(a) Toward the San Juan Islands.
(b) Toward home.
(c) To the Haro Straits.
(d) To Fishery Point.

4. When Dillard lacked sufficient energy for writing one morning in Chapter 3, what does she say she did to try and get it?
(a) Smoked and drank coffee.
(b) Played the recorder.
(c) Ran a few miles and ate.
(d) Split some wood and smoked.

5. Who once said that '..his firewood warmed him twice because he labored to cut his own'?
(a) James.
(b) Thoreau.
(c) Whitman.
(d) Joyce.

6. In working-class France, what did Dillard say that experienced workers tell an apprentice who gets hurt or tired?
(a) He does not know his limits.
(b) He is adapting himself.
(c) He fits himself to the job.
(d) It is the trade entering his body.

7. Why does it make more sense to write one big book rather than a collection of stories or essays, in Dillard's opinion?
(a) It does not take as long to write one big book.
(b) You can fit all you possess into a long project.
(c) A cast of characters is easier to work with.
(d) There is more money to be made with a book.

8. Why did Dillard write that 'People should not feed moralistic animals'?
(a) Her cat pushed its empty food bowl around.
(b) Her dog trotted around the room, head up in the air.
(c) Her dog looked at her and rolled its eyes.
(d) Her cat stretched out and turned its back to her.

9. In Dillard's experience, what always wins over the vision being forgotten?
(a) The page.
(b) The set of mental relationships.
(c) An imaginary object.
(d) The work's intellectual structure.

10. Who once said about writing, 'Know your own bone'?
(a) Thoreau.
(b) Ibsen.
(c) Truitt.
(d) Whitman.

11. How did Dillard's sentence ('He led him into the water') from the book she was working on during a northeaster sound to her?
(a) Powerful.
(b) Rhythmical.
(c) Clunky.
(d) Bright.

12. What does Dillard say that she thinks an artist supposes a live image to possess?
(a) A confused set of lines.
(b) A secret to be discovered.
(c) Something he should pretend to know.
(d) Some technique stolen from him.

13. What is a writer compared to in Chapter 5?
(a) A boxer.
(b) A tiger trainer.
(c) An alligator wrestler.
(d) A moth flying into a flame.

14. What did Dillard do when she was upstairs in a house and she felt a tremor under her feet in Chapter 4?
(a) She collected her writing to keep it from being damaged.
(b) She called the emergency phone number.
(c) She went downstairs in case the stairway collapsed.
(d) Nothing; she was used to earthquakes.

15. What does Dillard say that she believes may well be a writer's only firsthand experience?
(a) College.
(b) Travel.
(c) Childhood.
(d) Friendships.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two problems does Dillard say she feels that a writer must solve when writing a book?

2. What passage was Dillard working on in the cabin on Puget Sound while a northeaster was blowing?

3. What does Dillard say that she remembers seeing on the island at Haro Strait that made her weep on the shore in fear?

4. How did Dillard come to understand the proper way to split wood?

5. What did Emily Dickinson love best in her writing?

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