On Writing Well Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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

2. What does the etymology of words mean?
(a) The written scripts.
(b) The sound of words.
(c) The history of words.
(d) The biology of words.

3. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?
(a) To keep the person being interviewed on track.
(b) To focus the interview around a certain theme.
(c) To avoid drawing a blank in the middle of an interview.
(d) To avoid having to do it at the interview.

4. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?
(a) A writer should determine the point of view before writing a new piece.
(b) It doesn't matter when the point of view is established.
(c) The point of view can be determined after the writer figures out who will be the main character.
(d) THe point of view should be determined once the writing is finished and ready for editing.

5. Why do writers need to stick to rules?
(a) To get a copy past their editors on time.
(b) To impress their teachers with their adherance to rules.
(c) In order to get taken seriously and get picked up by an agent.
(d) Writers need to stick to rules because readers expect them to.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do people need to understand about science?

2. What is the purpose of colons?

3. What do interviews do for the writer?

4. Why does this misconception exist?

5. Why do journalists need to perfect uncluttered writing?

(see the answer key)

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