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 is another example of when a person HAS to read bad writing?
(a) Television captions.
(b) Political Journals.
(c) Instruction manuals.
(d) Literature anthologies.

2. Which is the simplest sentence?
(a) Simplicity is the direct opposite of clutter.
(b) Simplicity.
(c) Simplicity is the opposite of clutter.
(d) Simplicity is opporite clutter.

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

4. What is the problem with American writing?
(a) The writing is too sloppy.
(b) It isn't complex enough.
(c) It is too complex.
(d) Americans are bad at fact checking.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a common problem writers have?

2. What are Zissner's feelings about writing?

3. What is an example of a time when bad writing HAS to be read?

4. Why is the above a problem?

5. What other group of people uses euphemisms or fad terms?

(see the answer key)

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