The Writing Life Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Dillard once describe a moth on a ship as doing?

2. What does the novel as a form usually represent, according to Dillard?

3. What did Emily Dickinson love best in her writing?

4. Where did Dillard forget about a boiling teakettle and burn it?

5. How did Dillard's sentence ('He led him into the water') from the book she was working on during a northeaster sound to her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Dillard learn from the local ferryman?

2. Why does Dillard say it makes more sense to write one big book than to write many stories or essays?

3. How does a work in progress turn on its author, according to 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. What was unfortunate about Dillard learning how to split wood correctly?

6. Why does Dillard say that she needed more materials than a pencil and paper in order to write something like a second draft for a thirty-page chapter?

7. How does Dillard compare a writer to a Seminole alligator wrestler?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Dillard's reasoning behind why it makes more sense to write one long book rather than many stories or essays. Use the comparison of book chapters to short stories in your explanation.

Essay Topic 2

What is the overall theme of Chapter 1? Give examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the vision of what a projected work of art is, whether it be writing or painting. How does the vision lead one to a finished product?

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