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

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

3. What is Zinsser's preferred method for interviewing?
(a) He likes audio recorders.
(b) He likes to use pens and markers.
(c) He doesn't use anything. He just listens.
(d) He likes to use pencils and paper.

4. How does a thesaurus help with brainstorming?
(a) There are pictures of mindmaps within each thesaurus.
(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) The book provides brainstorming exercises.

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

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

5. What does a Thesaurus help a writer with, besides finding alternate words?

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