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. What happens when a writer writes in unclear ways?
(a) Their book gets tagged as abstract literature and nobody ever reads it.
(b) Their writing doesn't make sense.
(c) They lose the interest of the reader.
(d) They don't get published.

2. Does skipping grammar check save a writer time?
(a) Yes, it is one less thing the writer has to do.
(b) No. It harms the writer, and makes more work for them and the editors.
(c) No, they have to do line edits anyways to check grammar.
(d) Yes. It is uneccessary since the editor can check grammer.

3. What is an example of a hit book that was rejected several times?
(a) Jurassic Park.
(b) Harry Potter.
(c) Eleven on Top.
(d) Pride and Prejudice.

4. Why do Americans have trouble writing?
(a) They are bad at fact checking.
(b) They are not complex enough.
(c) Their minds are too cluttered.
(d) They do too much and slack on their writing.

5. What happens when a product of writing is never read?
(a) It becomes worthless and a waste of good time.
(b) It gets burned.
(c) It gets categorized under the bad books section.
(d) The author's reputation is harmed.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is it that the bad writers mentioned above do that makes their writing terrible?

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

4. What happens when the reader loses interest in the writing?

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

(see the answer key)

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