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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the title of the Jack London book mentioned in Chapter 2?
(a) The Iron Heel.
(b) The Call of the Wild.
(c) White Fang.
(d) The Sea-Wolf.

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

3. What ended the chess game for Dillard in Chapter 2?
(a) The custodian wished to stop playing.
(b) She finished writing her book.
(c) The opponent scrambled the board up completely.
(d) The baby went home.

4. Who once said, "Which is the work in which he hasn't surrendered, under dire difficulty, the best thing he meant to have kept"?
(a) Annie Dillard.
(b) William Faulkner.
(c) Henry James.
(d) William Shakespeare.

5. How did Washington writer, Charlie Butts, write fiction in order to gain momentum?
(a) He wrote while running mindless errands.
(b) He repeatedly left the house and wrote quickly upon return.
(c) He did not rise from his chair until writing 10 pages.
(d) He left every last written page in the middle of a sentence.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Dillard, how do painters work as opposed to writers?

2. What book was Dillard working on in Roanoke, Virginia?

3. Where does the "line of words" go at the end of Chapter 1?

4. Who claimed to have written for twenty hours a day?

5. Who did Dillard see standing at the chess table in the Roanoke library one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the most appealing schedule that Dillard says she knows?

2. Describe the inside of Dillard's study on Cape Cod.

3. Why is 'the path' of the line of writing, as described in Chapter 1 by Dillard, not to be considered the actual work?

4. In Chapter 1, what does Dillard say she thinks of as the usual reasons for an author getting stuck in a book?

5. What decision did Dillard make to finally shut herself off from all distractions at the library carrel?

6. How does Dillard describe the way in which a writer might start the process of writing a book?

7. When Dillard glanced in the daylight at one of the stacks of books she regularly touched to feel her way at night, what surprised her?

8. When Dillard was working in the library at night, how did she find her way around in the dark?

9. Why did the inchworm in Dillard's story keep asking itself, "What! No further"?

10. Why did a ritual slaughterer bid goodbye to his wife and children every morning as if it were his last, in Chapter 1?

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