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 period in U.S. history does Zissner point out as a time filled with euphemisms?
(a) Spanish Civil War.
(b) World War II.
(c) The Vietnam War.
(d) The Korean War.

2. Why doesn't Zissner provide examples of these writers he admires?
(a) He didn't want their writing to prove better than his.
(b) Because he has a word count limit to abide to.
(c) So that people will go to the library to discover the writers themselves.
(d) Because of copyright law.

3. What is the mood or voice in a piece?
(a) Mood or voice is the way the characters speak to one another.
(b) The mood is the way the characters feel in a piece.
(c) The voice is the authority figure in a nonfiction piece.
(d) Mood or voice is the way a piece sounds to the reader in the imaginations inner ear.

4. What makes a good first sentence?
(a) A good first sentence needs to be written with exceptional grammer.
(b) The first sentence only sets up the second sentence. That is the one writers should focus on.
(c) A good ending is best to tie up the first sentence.
(d) A good first sentence has a good lead. A good lead is one that works.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Zinsser approach unusual words?

2. Good writing is ______________.

3. What is it that the bad writers mentioned above do that makes their writing terrible?

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

5. Why is the above a problem?

(see the answer key)

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