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

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

3. Where is there an opportunity for great creative writing?
(a) Writing for the arts is the best opportunity to write creatively.
(b) Online at freelance job web sites.
(c) LIterary journals.
(d) At the local library.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?

3. Does Zissner believe in the journalism model for good writing?

4. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?

5. What is a major job of a nonfiction writer?

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