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 does a writer become better at his craft?
(a) By avoiding trashy novels.
(b) By reading everything.
(c) By taking a writing class.
(d) By taking initiative to improve every day.

2. 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 are no lines at all. Every writer has a poetic license to do with words what he or she pleases.
(d) There is a grey area, though the need for proper English is most important.

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

4. What should the lead in the first sentence do for a reader?
(a) It should introduce the article informatively and let the reader know it will be a good read.
(b) It should be very basic to hook in all types of readers.
(c) It should tell the reader very little about the article, so he or she will continue reading.
(d) It should capture the reader and force him or her to keep reading.

5. Why doesn't he simply cross out clutter?
(a) Because underlining is easier on the eyes.
(b) So that his students will learn to recognize clutter.
(c) Because highlighting is easier to see.
(d) Because it uses too much ink to cross out than to bracket.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the transaction in writing?

2. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

3. What is unity in writing?

4. What is the main thing required to being a good writer?

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

(see the answer key)

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