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 tense does Zissner recommend when starting a new piece?
(a) First person.
(b) Third person.
(c) Combination third and first.
(d) Second person.

2. How does Zinsser approach unusual words?
(a) He is very welcoming of a transforming English language.
(b) He accepts some, but not all.
(c) He is modern when it comes to English, but would rather keep it simple.
(d) He is very conservative and will never cross a proper word line.

3. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?
(a) A writer should determine the point of view before writing a new piece.
(b) THe point of view should be determined once the writing is finished and ready for editing.
(c) The point of view can be determined after the writer figures out who will be the main character.
(d) It doesn't matter when the point of view is established.

4. How can uncluttered writing help fiction?
(a) It keeps books smaller and people like smaller books.
(b) It keeps the meaning of the story clear and the prose worth the reader's time.
(c) It keeps people's attention longer.
(d) It highlights the impotant parts of the story.

5. Who is rivaling everything that Zissner is saying?
(a) Another writer.
(b) A student in the audience.
(c) A doctor who writes for a hobby.
(d) The professor of the class.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are two authors that Zissner admires for solid writing and ornamentation?

2. What are some limitations of perfect grammar?

3. What are the best aspects of a good story?

4. What is the biggest mistake a writer can make when creating sentences?

5. What makes a good first sentence?

(see the answer key)

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