On Writing Well Quiz | One Week Quiz A

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part III: Chapter 18 Writing About the Arts: Critics and Columnists.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does the writing start for a nonfiction article?
(a) It starts before the interview but after the research.
(b) It starts whenever the writer is ready to start.
(c) It starts before interviewing to set up the article paragraphs.
(d) It starts when the interviewing process and research is complete.

2. What was the best advice Zinsser ever received about having opinions in writing?
(a) To always second guess an argument and make a pro and con list.
(b) Take a stand and stick to it. One should never "go peeing down both legs."
(c) It was to argue both sides of a story.
(d) To never second guess a story.

3. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?
(a) To keep the person being interviewed on track.
(b) To avoid having to do it at the interview.
(c) To focus the interview around a certain theme.
(d) To avoid drawing a blank in the middle of an interview.

4. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?
(a) No, that should be left up to the audience.
(b) Opinions should always be left out of writing.
(c) Yes, but they should mind their wording to not offend those in the show.
(d) Absolutely. They have the power to make or break a show.

5. Does Zissner believe in the journalism model for good writing?
(a) Yes, it saves space and uses modern words.
(b) No because journalists use cheap words and buzz words.
(c) No, journalism is dead and the writing is poor.
(d) Yes, it is efficient and catchy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What trap do journalists and editors fall into often?

2. What is another important characteristic of a writer?

3. Where is there an opportunity for great creative writing?

4. Can a writer simply write the article with one interview?

5. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

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