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

2. How much research does Zinsser recommend for an article?
(a) He recommends using at least three full length books for a one page article.
(b) He recommends finding the bare minimum and bulking an article up with adjectives.
(c) He recommends finding just enough to make a word count.
(d) He recommends finding much more information than is needed for the article.

3. What should every paragraph end with?
(a) Every paragraph should end with a period.
(b) All paragraphs should end with a summary of the entire paragraph.
(c) All paragraphs should repeat the first sentence.
(d) Every paragraph needs to have a hook or a cliffhanger that will lead the reader into the next paragraph.

4. Why does he recommend starting in the preferred tense?
(a) It brings out the natural voice.
(b) It creates a teacher student relationship.
(c) It makes it easier for people to relate to.
(d) It causes writer's to think about the reader.

5. What is the main thing required to being a good writer?
(a) Good editing.
(b) Hard work.
(c) Passion.
(d) All answers are correct.

Short Answer Questions

1. Has the period of political euphemisms improved since the Vietnam War?

2. What period in U.S. history does Zissner point out as a time filled with euphemisms?

3. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

4. Who is the real audience in a piece of writing?

5. What is an example of a hit book that was rejected several times?

(see the answer key)

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