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. Has the period of political euphemisms improved since the Vietnam War?
(a) Yes, politicians know how to unclutter their writing now.
(b) No, it is the same.
(c) Yes, politicians hire better speech writers.
(d) No, it has gotten worse.

2. What are the best aspects of a good story?
(a) Clarity.
(b) Good research.
(c) Writing skill.
(d) Clarity and writing skill.

3. What trap do journalists and editors fall into often?
(a) Using too many commas.
(b) Using cliches and made up words.
(c) Usin too many dashes.
(d) Not doing grammar checks.

4. Why is it important to narrow down a nonfiction piece?
(a) It isn't important. People just want to look at pictures anyways.
(b) Articles should not drain the writer and reader. Focusing on a corner is better than redefining an entire room.
(c) One person cannot write an article about every aspect of something. That is what books are for.
(d) It isn't that important. It just sells better to magazines to be focused.

5. What is an example of a time when bad writing HAS to be read?
(a) In English class.
(b) In the newspaper.
(c) Online writing.
(d) Corporate memos or technical writing.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the problem with American writing?

3. Why do journalists need to perfect uncluttered writing?

4. Why doesn't he simply cross out clutter?

5. Does the author believe good writing is the result of an inherent talent?

(see the answer key)

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