On Writing Well Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part I: Chapter 6 Words.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is one of Zissner's biggest pet peeves?
(a) When people dog ear the pages of a book.
(b) When people write in their books.
(c) When people leave the toilet seat up.
(d) When people say they can write a book as if it is easy.

2. Why does Zissner advise his clients to worry about the marketplace last?
(a) Because the marketplace never changes.
(b) Because the marketplace always needs books and will take anything.
(c) Because nobody knows what is going to sell.
(d) Writing a good piece for the marketplace is easy when they know what sells.

3. What is a natural inclination for writers when they start a piece?
(a) They don't give enough background information.
(b) Writers assume readers know nothing about what they are writing about.
(c) They ramble through an unnecessary introduction.
(d) They assume the readers know what they are writing about.

4. When can ornamental writing be used as an exception?
(a) When the author needs to abide by editors remarks.
(b) When writing evaluations and resumes.
(c) To follow solid writing.
(d) When the wrting needs extra fluff.

5. Who is the real audience in a piece of writing?
(a) The author.
(b) The reader.
(c) The editor.
(d) Both the editor and author.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zissner believe authors are fearful of in their writing?

2. What is the response previous students have to his style of edits?

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

4. Where should the writer find his or her words?

5. What trap do journalists and editors fall into often?

(see the answer key)

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