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) A dictionary listing of words, and a numberd section with synonyms arranged in broad concepts.
(b) Antonyms with very in depth definitions.
(c) A list of synonyms and their definitions with pictures on one side.
(d) A dictionary of antonyms, and one of synonyms.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zinsser do before submitting a piece of writing?

2. How does a thesaurus help with brainstorming?

3. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?

4. Can a writer simply write the article with one interview?

5. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

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