On Writing Well Quiz | Two 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 14 Writing About Yourself: The Memoir.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Literature was once considered solely as what?
(a) Writing by only certain authors.
(b) Fiction only.
(c) Historical pieces.
(d) Great novels.

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

3. What trap do journalists and editors fall into often?
(a) Using too many commas.
(b) Usin too many dashes.
(c) Not doing grammar checks.
(d) Using cliches and made up words.

4. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?
(a) The point of view can be determined after the writer figures out who will be the main character.
(b) A writer should determine the point of view before writing a new piece.
(c) THe point of view should be determined once the writing is finished and ready for editing.
(d) It doesn't matter when the point of view is established.

5. 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) The book gives a list of unrelated words that weeds out the bad choices.
(c) There are pictures of mindmaps within each thesaurus.
(d) The book provides brainstorming exercises.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

2. Which is the simplest sentence?

3. What is a common problem with nonfiction writers?

4. Why is it important to narrow down a nonfiction piece?

5. What is another important characteristic of a writer?

(see the answer key)

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