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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. Which poem did Dillard often read aloud?
(a) Miracles.
(b) The Comet.
(c) The Tower.
(d) Sea Hollly.

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'?
(a) Wallace Stevens.
(b) Evelyn Underhill.
(c) Henry Thoreau.
(d) Albert Einstein.

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

4. What did Dillard once describe a moth on a ship as doing?
(a) Losing altitude and drowning.
(b) Taking flight like a hummingbird.
(c) Taking off before she could draw it.
(d) Being stepped on by someone.

5. What damage did the Smith-Corona typewriter do in Chapter 4?
(a) The table the typewriter was on collapsed.
(b) The rug got damaged.
(c) The curtains were set on fire.
(d) The writer's shirt was burned.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a writer compared to in Chapter 5?

2. Who did Dillard get a visit from in Chapter 3 that was eye-awakening for her?

3. Referring to a new idea, who said, 'Cheep--and all at once there it is'?

4. How does Dillard say that she defines the life of the writer in Chapter 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the children who visited Dillard in Chapter 3 surprise her with?

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

4. The next-to-last sentence of Chapter 5 reads, 'Shall we go rowing again, we who believe we may indeed row off the edge and fall?' What does this refer to?

5. In Chapter 4, Dillard's typewriter erupted. What was the damage done?

6. Who was Paul Glenn?

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

8. Why does Dillard say that the life of the mind of a writer is hard to be called "living"?

9. What did Dillard learn from the local ferryman?

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

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