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 are some limitations of perfect grammar?
(a) Good grammer makes for boring writing.
(b) Some writers don't have perfect grammar and therefore cannot get published.
(c) Lack of expressionism when grammar is perfect.
(d) Hindering points, establishing author moods, and painting word pictures.

2. 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) It doesn't matter when the point of view is established.
(d) The point of view can be determined after the writer figures out who will be the main character.

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

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a common problem writers have?

2. What ability do great authors have?

3. What is one task that a good writer constantly does?

4. What is an example of a dead language?

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

(see the answer key)

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