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. What does Zinsser do before submitting a piece of writing?
(a) He edits everything three times.
(b) He has his wife read his work.
(c) He reads everything aloud.
(d) He submits his writing to his family.

2. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?
(a) Reading a story upside down.
(b) Reading a piece backwards.
(c) Reading through a window.
(d) Reading under a blacklight.

3. Why is it important for writers to read constantly?
(a) To learn from other writers' mistakes.
(b) To emulate their heroes.
(c) To study the market.
(d) To learn how to write.

4. What do interviews do for the writer?
(a) They make a writer feel stupid since he or she does not know that much about a subject.
(b) They make the writer an expert in a given subject.
(c) They make a writer less valid, since he or she needs to interview several people to create one article.
(d) Interviews humanize a topic, making a boring topic interesting.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does a Thesaurus help a writer with, besides finding alternate words?

2. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?

3. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

4. What is another important characteristic of a writer?

5. When does the writing start for a nonfiction article?

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