On Writing Well Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part II: Chapter 9 The Lead and the Ending.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How rigid are the lines between proper and improper English usage?
(a) They are very soft, and not rigid at all.
(b) They are very rigid and one cannot cross the line.
(c) There is a grey area, though the need for proper English is most important.
(d) There are no lines at all. Every writer has a poetic license to do with words what he or she pleases.

2. Who are two authors that Zissner admires for solid writing and ornamentation?
(a) Sylvia Plath and Jane Austen.
(b) Normal Mailer and Virginia Wolfe.
(c) Virginia Woolfe and Sylvia Plath.
(d) Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe.

3. What is unity in writing?
(a) Unity is when the writer sticks to one plot.
(b) Unity is where the writer maintains consistency throughout an entire piece.
(c) Unity is when the characters in a story are united and never disagree with one another.
(d) Unity is when characters are unipolar and one dimensional.

4. Good writing is ______________.
(a) Easy.
(b) Very difficult.
(c) Easy to teach.
(d) Seen often.

5. What does Zissner think of gimmicky writing?
(a) It is worth a try to sell a book or article.
(b) It is what gets writers through the door.
(c) It never works.
(d) It is the secret to selling a book.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does a thesaurus help with brainstorming?

3. What is the mood or voice in a piece?

4. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?

5. Why does Zissner advise his clients to worry about the marketplace last?

(see the answer key)

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