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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. When Dillard left her cabin for home in Chapter 5 during a northeaster, how was she feeling, walking down the beach?
(a) Bright and alive.
(b) Dead-like.
(c) Blurry-eyed.
(d) Light and dizzy.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kept the teakettle that Dillard used in a faculty lounge from whistling?

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

3. What is the finished work's relationship to the vision of it, as viewed by Dillard?

4. What made the teakettle in the faculty lounge look so interesting in Chapter 3?

5. When Dillard lacked sufficient energy for writing one morning in Chapter 3, what does she say she did to try and get it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Paul Glenn?

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

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

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

5. How does Dillard say that she learned the correct way to split wood on the chopping block?

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

7. What did Dillard learn from the local ferryman?

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

9. What does Dillard mean in Chapter 5 by 'Probe and search each object in a piece of art'?

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

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