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. According to Glenn's story, what was Ferrar after in the water?
(a) An Alaskan cedar log.
(b) His wife, June.
(c) A large fish.
(d) A yellow and blue rowboat.

2. What passage was Dillard working on in the cabin on Puget Sound while a northeaster was blowing?
(a) A marble statue of a Greek funerary.
(b) Christ's baptism in the bay in front of the house.
(c) A passage about a wild child.
(d) Rows of breaker waves resembling lines of writing.

3. Whose drawings and paintings did Dillard believe show his bewilderment and persistence?
(a) Rousseau.
(b) Gaugan.
(c) Giacometti.
(d) Picasso.

4. Dillard repeated the phrase, 'It is the grave of Jesus, where he lay' over and over like a song in Chapter 5. What poem is this line from?
(a) Sunday Morning.
(b) Valley Candle.
(c) The Well Dressed Man with a Beard.
(d) Poem Written at Morning.

5. Who did Dillard get a visit from in Chapter 3 that was eye-awakening for her?
(a) The mail carrier.
(b) A volunteer EMS worker.
(c) Two local neighborhood boys.
(d) A writers' group.

6. What did Dillard use to crank herself up to write, in the log cabin in Chapter 3?
(a) Coffee in titrated doses.
(b) The company of a cat and dog.
(c) Photos of lions.
(d) A daily jog on the beach.

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

8. How do Tibetan lamas keep from floating away, as described in Chapter 5?
(a) They swim with the current.
(b) The meditate towards the destination.
(c) They walk very slowly.
(d) They wear chains.

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

10. 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.

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) Bright.
(b) Clunky.
(c) Powerful.
(d) Rhythmical.

12. What does Dillard say that she thinks happens to something, such as a writing idea, that you do not give up freely and abundantly?
(a) It becomes better with age.
(b) It becomes lost to you.
(c) Someone else will get it.
(d) It will be poorly written.

13. Where, in Washington State, did Dillard beg a cabin in which to write?
(a) On Haro Strait.
(b) Boundary Pass.
(c) On Snake River.
(d) On Herron Island.

14. Thornton Wilder cited an unnamed writer of sonnets as saying only one line drops from where?
(a) A hammer.
(b) A whisper in the ear.
(c) A chicken.
(d) The ceiling.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Dillard notice most in the Washington cabin she wrote in?

2. What was Dillard's only physical activity in the one-room log cabin on an empty beach?

3. What does Dillard say that she thinks an artist supposes a live image to possess?

4. How long does the twilight linger on the island on Haro Strait in June and July?

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

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