On Writing Well Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part III: Chapter 11 Nonfiction as Literature.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does it convey when anyone says he can write a book if he wanted to?
(a) It shows that there are many talented people in the world.
(b) It reveals how easy it is to write a book.
(c) It reveals the misconception that writing is easy.
(d) It shows that people are ignorant.

2. Where should the writer find his or her words?
(a) From modern euphanisms that people can relate to.
(b) From a thesaraus.
(c) From a dictionary.
(d) From within the subconscious to the writing consciousness

3. What should the lead in the first sentence do for a reader?
(a) It should be very basic to hook in all types of readers.
(b) It should capture the reader and force him or her to keep reading.
(c) It should introduce the article informatively and let the reader know it will be a good read.
(d) It should tell the reader very little about the article, so he or she will continue reading.

4. What does Zissner believe authors are fearful of in their writing?
(a) Writing poorly.
(b) The reader not relating to them.
(c) Stating where they live.
(d) Stating their true opinions, ideas, and judgments.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Zinsser approach unusual words?

2. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?

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

4. What is a dash useful for?

5. Why do journalists need to perfect uncluttered writing?

(see the answer key)

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