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 is the response previous students have to his style of edits?
(a) They say then can still see the brackets.
(b) They hated it, and have nightmares about his style.
(c) They like it much better than red pen all over a paper.
(d) They say they never liked the highlighting.

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

3. What is the main thing readers think when starting an article?
(a) They want to know how long it will take them to read the article.
(b) They want to know how soon they will find the answer to the original thesis question of an article.
(c) They want to know whether it is worth it to read the article.
(d) They want to know whether the writer is credible or not.

4. Who is the author talking to at the beginning of the book?
(a) He is talking to his wife.
(b) He is talking with his editor.
(c) He is presenting to student writers at a Connecticut school.
(d) He is talking to his mother.

5. What attitude should writers embrace towards their editors?
(a) Don't worry about the editor because you should please your audience first.
(b) Worry only about the editor in order to get published.
(c) Worry about the editor and the readers. They will buy and sell your books.
(d) Don't worry about pleasing them initially.

Short Answer Questions

1. How rigid are the lines between proper and improper English usage?

2. What does Zissner believe authors are fearful of in their writing?

3. How much research does Zinsser recommend for an article?

4. What gives nonfiction books life?

5. Why does he recommend starting in the preferred tense?

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