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 does reading aloud do for the writer?
(a) It is a therapeutic process signifying the end of a story.
(b) It allows writers to understand their own writing.
(c) It helps the writer compare their work to others.
(d) Catches simple mistakes and clumsy constructions.

2. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?
(a) Reading under a blacklight.
(b) Reading a piece backwards.
(c) Reading through a window.
(d) Reading a story upside down.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?

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

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

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

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