On Writing Well Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part I: Chapter 4 Style.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens when the reader loses interest in the writing?
(a) He puts down the book.
(b) She writes a bad review.
(c) She throws the book.
(d) The transaction between author and writer is broken.

2. Can good writing be taught?
(a) It cannot, but it can be learned.
(b) Only good students can learn good writing.
(c) Of course it can.
(d) Only good teachers can teach good writing.

3. What group of people does the author think has the worst type of writing?
(a) Musicians.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Toddlers.

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

5. Who is rivaling everything that Zissner is saying?
(a) A student in the audience.
(b) The professor of the class.
(c) Another writer.
(d) A doctor who writes for a hobby.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the transaction in writing?

3. What tense does Zissner recommend when starting a new piece?

4. When can ornamental writing be used as an exception?

5. Do good writers decorate their writing?

(see the answer key)

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