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 is another important characteristic of a writer?
(a) To be aware of the way words are spelled.
(b) To sound out simple sentences.
(c) To be aware of the rhythm and sound of words together.
(d) To sound out simple syllables.

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

3. What trap do journalists and editors fall into often?
(a) Not doing grammar checks.
(b) Usin too many dashes.
(c) Using too many commas.
(d) Using cliches and made up words.

4. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?
(a) Frequenting the theatre often.
(b) Knowing the subject that the writer wants to write about.
(c) Having a comparitive literature degress.
(d) Subscribing to arts magazines.

5. What is a major job of a nonfiction writer?
(a) Taking on a project with a clean slate. Just like a jury in a legal battle.
(b) Conducting interviews with people who know about the writing project subject.
(c) Majoring in the subject they will write about.
(d) Learning as much as possible about a subject before taking on a project.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?

2. Why do criticism writers have to be at a higher level than other writers?

3. What does Zinsser do before submitting a piece of writing?

4. What is one task that a good writer constantly does?

5. Why is it important for writers to read constantly?

(see the answer key)

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