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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the impulse to save something good for a better place later signify, according to Dillard?
(a) It should be used now.
(b) It should be used later.
(c) It should be forgotten.
(d) It should be hoarded.

2. What did Dillard study in Chapter 5?
(a) Literature.
(b) The world.
(c) Exhilaration.
(d) Paintboxes.

3. What kept the teakettle that Dillard used in a faculty lounge from whistling?
(a) The mouth of the kettle was always kept open.
(b) An aluminum lid jammed over its mouth.
(c) It was not a whistling teakettle.
(d) It was an electric kettle.

4. What was Dillard's only physical activity in the one-room log cabin on an empty beach?
(a) Practicing yoga on the beach.
(b) Walking along the beach at low tide.
(c) Walking a few feet from the bed to the desk.
(d) Jogging to her husband's cabin in the evening.

5. How did Dillard come to understand the proper way to split wood?
(a) She watched an instructional video.
(b) Via a dream.
(c) By sheer luck.
(d) The neighbors told her.

6. What, according to Dillard, is the first thing a writer does that is similar to what a painter does?
(a) Shapes a vision of the world.
(b) Brings the vision of the work to light.
(c) Ignores the first faint marks on the canvas or page.
(d) Shapes the vision of the work.

7. What did Frederick Buechner note about an author realizing that he is actually writing?
(a) The writer should revise what was written.
(b) It must go on once it is noticed.
(c) It calls for a break or celebration.
(d) The wood must be split and fired.

8. What is the topic of an essay written by Dillard that she said she considers too obscure and too intellectual?
(a) Popcorn.
(b) Lions.
(c) A mustang.
(d) A moth.

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

10. What body of water did Dillard write near in Washington State?
(a) Strait of Georgia.
(b) The Columbia River.
(c) Puget Sound.
(d) Port of Vancouver.

11. Why did Dillard refer to a Zulu warrior and an Aztec maiden in Chapter 3?
(a) As an idea for a writing theme.
(b) To compare writers to religious icons.
(c) As an analogy for readiness and preparation.
(d) To show what an author is like.

12. What happened to the Smith-Corona typewriter in Chapter 4?
(a) It erupted with smoke and fire.
(b) It fell from the desk and broke.
(c) The rumbling damaged it beyond repair.
(d) The cord sent out sparks.

13. Why did Dillard momentarily feel she must quit writing in Chapter 3?
(a) She had nothing new to say.
(b) She was addicted to cigarettes.
(c) She was not good at it.
(d) She was too young to be living at a desk.

14. 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) Wallace Stevens.
(c) Evelyn Underhill.
(d) Albert Einstein.

15. With what type of aid did Dillard once work in order to keep a project organized?
(a) A fax machine.
(b) A paper sorter.
(c) A twenty-foot conference table.
(d) Two computers going at once.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who or what will teach someone to write, according to Dillard in Chapter 3?

2. How did a well-known writer respond to a student in Chapter 5 who asked if he could be a writer?

3. Which poem did Dillard often read aloud?

4. Why did Dillard write that 'People should not feed moralistic animals'?

5. As put by Dillard, what is the vision in a writer's or painter's work?

(see the answer keys)

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