On Writing Well Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part IV: Chapter 20 The Sound of Your Voice.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a major problem with humorous writing?
(a) It can never be taken seriously.
(b) Sarcasm does not come out in writing.
(c) It is too hard to be funny in writing and takes a gifted person.
(d) It gets dated, and what is funny in 1980 will not be funny in 2080.

2. What happens when a product of writing is never read?
(a) It gets categorized under the bad books section.
(b) It becomes worthless and a waste of good time.
(c) The author's reputation is harmed.
(d) It gets burned.

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

4. Why is jargon, or corporate speak, so prevalent in business writing?
(a) It is prevalent because subordinates think that the executives want jargon-filled writing in order to sound more professional.
(b) There is a lack of writing skills learned in college because all the focus is on business.
(c) It is the industry standard.
(d) People lose their ability to write when they take a job since they stop writing.

5. Why do criticism writers have to be at a higher level than other writers?
(a) Only those able to understand the arts can write about them, and very little people can.
(b) Criticism need to be stronger at literary elements because they need to recreate a scene or a song in the imagination of their readers with words only.
(c) Criticism is harder to write about because it tends to be less attractive than other writing.
(d) Criticism writers are no different. They still need to use the same basic rules of writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do people forget about writing?

2. Good writing is ______________.

3. Where does a writer need to start to get his or her voice discovered?

4. How does Zissner have the ability to choose words for the American Heritage Dictionary?

5. What other group of people uses euphemisms or fad terms?

(see the answer key)

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