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

2. Can a writer simply write the article with one interview?
(a) Yes, but it should be avoided because people forget things in the first interview.
(b) Yes, but it is better to have mulitple interviews and meld them together into one incident.
(c) No, there should always be mulitple interviews.
(d) No, editing is too hard with just one interview.

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

4. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?
(a) Absolutely. They have the power to make or break a show.
(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) No, that should be left up to the audience.

5. Why do criticism writers have to be at a higher level than other writers?
(a) Criticism is harder to write about because it tends to be less attractive than other writing.
(b) Only those able to understand the arts can write about them, and very little people can.
(c) Criticism writers are no different. They still need to use the same basic rules of writing.
(d) Criticism need to be stronger at literary elements because they need to recreate a scene or a song in the imagination of their readers with words only.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Zinsser's preferred method for interviewing?

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

(see the answer key)

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