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. Why does this misconception exist?
(a) Writing is too complex for many, and is more of an art than a science.
(b) Scientists are left brain individuals that don't want to learn to write.
(c) Early education lumps students into categories, creating boundaries they can never cross in the future.
(d) Writers only want to read literature, and not science.

2. What period in U.S. history does Zissner point out as a time filled with euphemisms?
(a) The Vietnam War.
(b) Spanish Civil War.
(c) The Korean War.
(d) World War II.

3. What is the response previous students have to his style of edits?
(a) They hated it, and have nightmares about his style.
(b) They say then can still see the brackets.
(c) They like it much better than red pen all over a paper.
(d) They say they never liked the highlighting.

4. Why is consistency in verb tense so important?
(a) It is important for slower readers to follow along.
(b) Very tense consistency is important so that the reader does not become lost in the timing of events.
(c) It is important so that verbs don't get confused with nouns.
(d) It is important for the development of characters, and to set up a plot.

5. What is the advantage of a writer writing his or her own memoir?
(a) The writer does not have to pay attention to basic grammar rules.
(b) They are lax and impersonal.
(c) The main subject is already known.
(d) The writer does not have to do any interviews.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are two authors that Zissner admires for solid writing and ornamentation?

2. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?

3. What is Zissner's point of view on the debate between literature and journalism?

4. What group of people does the author think has the worst type of writing?

5. What is a memoir?

(see the answer key)

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