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. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?
(a) Very little. Readers need to be left in the dark so they can go see a show on their own.
(b) Only dates and times of the show with a thumbs up or down.
(c) Enought to make a show worth seeing, without spoiling it for the readers and viewers.
(d) Everything about the show that he or she felt was worthwhile.

2. Why is the above a problem?
(a) Writers don't put enough effort into their writing.
(b) Usually the first two or three paragraphs of a piece can be cut.
(c) Writers end up editing too much.
(d) Writers need to start at the end and work their way up.

3. Where is there an opportunity for great creative writing?
(a) LIterary journals.
(b) Online at freelance job web sites.
(c) At the local library.
(d) Writing for the arts is the best opportunity to write creatively.

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

5. What do people need to understand about science?
(a) Only nerds can learn it.
(b) It is a foundation that needs to be built upon.
(c) It can be learned at any point in life.
(d) It is easy to understand if given the chance.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is another example of when a person HAS to read bad writing?

2. Why do writers need to stick to rules?

3. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?

4. What happens when a writer writes in unclear ways?

5. How rigid are the lines between proper and improper English usage?

(see the answer key)

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