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. What is unity in writing?
(a) Unity is when the writer sticks to one plot.
(b) Unity is when the characters in a story are united and never disagree with one another.
(c) Unity is where the writer maintains consistency throughout an entire piece.
(d) Unity is when characters are unipolar and one dimensional.

2. 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.

3. What is the mood or voice in a piece?
(a) Mood or voice is the way a piece sounds to the reader in the imaginations inner ear.
(b) Mood or voice is the way the characters speak to one another.
(c) The mood is the way the characters feel in a piece.
(d) The voice is the authority figure in a nonfiction piece.

4. What is the main attitude that writers have today?
(a) To write modern literature and be the next best author.
(b) To be published in the New Yorker.
(c) To write literature, the way it was defined before WWII.
(d) To write well, regardless of whether it is fiction or nonfiction.

5. What is a common problem with nonfiction writers?
(a) They don't research enough.
(b) They tend to write confusing articles that do not interest anyone.
(c) They want to be the final experts and turn away viable information that would change their articles.
(d) Nonfiction writers tend to want to say the last word on a subject, which covers too much ground.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is nonfiction more popular than fiction?

2. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

3. What period in U.S. history does Zissner point out as a time filled with euphemisms?

4. Has the period of political euphemisms improved since the Vietnam War?

5. What does Zinsser think about writing memoirs?

(see the answer key)

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