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. Can a writer simply write the article with one interview?
(a) Yes, but it is better to have mulitple interviews and meld them together into one incident.
(b) No, editing is too hard with just one interview.
(c) Yes, but it should be avoided because people forget things in the first interview.
(d) No, there should always be mulitple interviews.

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

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

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

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) Provides easy word webs.
(c) A thesaurus can help when writing in another language.
(d) The book can help a writer become an expert in opposites.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?

4. What is Zinsser's preferred method for interviewing?

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

(see the answer key)

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