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 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 less valid, since he or she needs to interview several people to create one article.
(d) They make a writer feel stupid since he or she does not know that much about a subject.

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

3. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?
(a) To avoid having to do it at the interview.
(b) To focus the interview around a certain theme.
(c) To keep the person being interviewed on track.
(d) To avoid drawing a blank in the middle of an interview.

4. 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.

5. What is one task that a good writer constantly does?
(a) Takes writing classes often.
(b) Sends manuscripts out like crazy.
(c) Reads contemporary and classic works of other writers.
(d) Participates in writing workshops.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?

5. What is another important characteristic of a writer?

(see the answer key)

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