On Writing Well Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part I: Chapter 7 Usage.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why doesn't he simply cross out clutter?
(a) Because underlining is easier on the eyes.
(b) Because highlighting is easier to see.
(c) Because it uses too much ink to cross out than to bracket.
(d) So that his students will learn to recognize clutter.

2. Can a writer's style be affected to the reader?
(a) No, it has to be manipulated.
(b) Yes, so long as the writing is really dense.
(c) No, it has to be genuine.
(d) Yes, so long as the writing is filled with rich prose.

3. Where should the writer find his or her words?
(a) From a thesaraus.
(b) From modern euphanisms that people can relate to.
(c) From a dictionary.
(d) From within the subconscious to the writing consciousness

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

5. What does it convey when anyone says he can write a book if he wanted to?
(a) It shows that people are ignorant.
(b) It reveals how easy it is to write a book.
(c) It shows that there are many talented people in the world.
(d) It reveals the misconception that writing is easy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of Zissner's biggest pet peeves?

2. What is an example of a dead language?

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

4. How many people are in the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel?

5. What is a natural inclination for writers when they start a piece?

(see the answer key)

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