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

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) To never second guess a story.
(c) Take a stand and stick to it. One should never "go peeing down both legs."
(d) It was to argue both sides of a story.

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

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

5. What are the two components of the original Roget's Thesaurus?
(a) Antonyms with very in depth definitions.
(b) A list of synonyms and their definitions with pictures on one side.
(c) A dictionary listing of words, and a numberd section with synonyms arranged in broad concepts.
(d) A dictionary of antonyms, and one of synonyms.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a major job of a nonfiction writer?

2. What is another important characteristic of a writer?

3. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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