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

2. 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.

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

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

5. What does a Thesaurus help a writer with, besides finding alternate words?
(a) A thesaurus is a powerful stimulant to a writer's imagination.
(b) The book can help a writer become an expert in opposites.
(c) A thesaurus can help when writing in another language.
(d) Provides easy word webs.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

5. What are the two components of the original Roget's Thesaurus?

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