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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What was the result of Dillard's first attempts at splitting wood in Chapter 3?
(a) She split fine logs.
(b) Tiny wedges got chopped off.
(c) She cut herself with the axe.
(d) She missed the wood every time.
2. What made the teakettle in the faculty lounge look so interesting in Chapter 3?
(a) It had a clothespin jutting from its mouth.
(b) It was in the shape of a cow.
(c) It had a picture of an Aztec on it.
(d) It was only large enough for 8 ounces of liquid.
3. What does Dillard say she believes poets and novelists like?
(a) Writers from the nineteenth century.
(b) Poems and novels.
(c) The thought of themselves as writers.
(d) Books about writing.
4. Who watched Dillard chop wood every morning in Washington?
(a) Holly and Frederick.
(b) Doe and Bob.
(c) Small animals.
(d) Conrad and Brian.
5. Who once said about writing, 'Know your own bone'?
6. What does Dillard say that she remembers seeing on the island at Haro Strait that made her weep on the shore in fear?
(a) A fire on Stuart Island.
(b) The island beach dropping to the ocean floor suddenly.
(c) A man out in a rowboat at night.
(d) The sea in a winter storm.
7. With what type of aid did Dillard once work in order to keep a project organized?
(a) A fax machine.
(b) A twenty-foot conference table.
(c) Two computers going at once.
(d) A paper sorter.
8. What happened to the Smith-Corona typewriter in Chapter 4?
(a) The cord sent out sparks.
(b) It fell from the desk and broke.
(c) The rumbling damaged it beyond repair.
(d) It erupted with smoke and fire.
9. What did Dillard study in Chapter 5?
(a) The world.
10. How does society regard the writer, in Dillard's experience?
(a) WIth adulation.
(b) With fear.
(c) With indifference.
(d) With curiosity.
11. Why did Dillard feel that an author must visit her work every day?
(a) To reassert mastery over it.
(b) To be brave about it.
(c) To hope it will get better.
(d) To feel sympathy for it.
12. Why does it make more sense to write one big book rather than a collection of stories or essays, in Dillard's opinion?
(a) You can fit all you possess into a long project.
(b) There is more money to be made with a book.
(c) It does not take as long to write one big book.
(d) A cast of characters is easier to work with.
13. Where, in Washington State, did Dillard beg a cabin in which to write?
(a) On Snake River.
(b) Boundary Pass.
(c) On Haro Strait.
(d) On Herron Island.
14. Whose poetry did Dillard usually read aloud when on a break?
(a) Ralph Waldo Emerson's.
(b) Frederick Buechner's.
(c) Conrad Aiken's.
(d) Walt Whitman's.
15. Who did Dillard get a visit from in Chapter 3 that was eye-awakening for her?
(a) The mail carrier.
(b) Two local neighborhood boys.
(c) A writers' group.
(d) A volunteer EMS worker.
Short Answer Questions
1. Whose drawings and paintings did Dillard believe show his bewilderment and persistence?
2. What question did Dillard ask Glenn that he answered with the story of Ferrar?
3. Which poem did Dillard often read aloud?
4. Why did Dillard momentarily feel she must quit writing in Chapter 3?
5. Who did Dillard's neighbor, Glenn, tell her about when she returned to the island in late June?
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