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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 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) Someone else will get it.
(c) It will be poorly written.
(d) It becomes lost to you.

2. How does society regard the writer, in Dillard's experience?
(a) With indifference.
(b) WIth adulation.
(c) With fear.
(d) With curiosity.

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

4. What did a Dinka believe his own memories and daydreams to be?
(a) An extension of himself.
(b) Psychologically important.
(c) External to himself.
(d) The meaning of life.

5. What written advice was found that Michelangelo had left for his apprentice?
(a) Antonio, do as I have done.
(b) Use your ideas immediately, Antonio.
(c) Draw, Antonio..and do not waste time.
(d) Paint, Antonio...and get it done now.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Dillard study in Chapter 5?

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'?

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

4. Who watched Dillard chop wood every morning in Washington?

5. Why did Dillard momentarily feel she must quit writing in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did writers such as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Ralph Ellison, and Eudora Welty have in common when learning to write, according to Dillard?

2. Why does Dillard compare a writer writing a first draft to a Zulu warrior and an Aztec maiden?

3. Why did the island on Haro Strait haunt Dillard?

4. Why does Dillard advise writers not to hoard a good idea for a later place in a book being written or for another book?

5. How does Dillard say that she believes a writer must control his or her own energies in order to work?

6. When Dillard mentions that Thoreau's firewood warmed him twice because he labored to cut his own wood, why does she say that her wood froze her twice?

7. Who was Paul Glenn?

8. What does Dillard mean in Chapter 5 when she writes, '...instead we watch television and miss the show'?

9. In Chapter 5, how does Dillard compare a writer to a tennis player?

10. What was Glenn's story about Ferrar Burn?

(see the answer keys)

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