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 are the two components of the original Roget's Thesaurus?
(a) Antonyms with very in depth definitions.
(b) A dictionary of antonyms, and one of synonyms.
(c) A dictionary listing of words, and a numberd section with synonyms arranged in broad concepts.
(d) A list of synonyms and their definitions with pictures on one side.

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

3. 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 under a blacklight.
(d) Reading through a window.

4. 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 reads everything aloud.
(d) He has his wife read his work.

5. How does a thesaurus help with brainstorming?
(a) The book provides brainstorming exercises.
(b) Looking up a word leads to a list of related words and gives overal word choices and concepts.
(c) The book gives a list of unrelated words that weeds out the bad choices.
(d) There are pictures of mindmaps within each thesaurus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?

2. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

3. What does the etymology of words mean?

4. What do interviews do for the writer?

5. What was the best advice Zinsser ever received about having opinions in writing?

(see the answer key)

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