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

2. What are Zinsser's four articles of faith to writing well?
(a) Simplicity, brevity, busy sentences and proper grammer.
(b) Clarity, simplicity, brevity and humanity.
(c) Brevity, quick turnaround, clever sentences and little humanity.
(d) Clarity, simplicity, elasticity and minimalism.

3. Why doesn't Zissner provide examples of these writers he admires?
(a) He didn't want their writing to prove better than his.
(b) So that people will go to the library to discover the writers themselves.
(c) Because he has a word count limit to abide to.
(d) Because of copyright law.

4. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?
(a) Yes, but they should mind their wording to not offend those in the show.
(b) Absolutely. They have the power to make or break a show.
(c) Opinions should always be left out of writing.
(d) No, that should be left up to the audience.

5. Why is nonfiction more popular than fiction?
(a) It is what modern editors like to read.
(b) It isn't more popular, it is just more widespread.
(c) It is more entertaining since it is true.
(d) Entertainment alternatives makes nonfiction more popular, even if it is a trend.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that the bad writers mentioned above do that makes their writing terrible?

2. Why does he recommend starting in the preferred tense?

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

4. What are the two components of the original Roget's Thesaurus?

5. How is humor used in writing nonfiction?

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