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. How does Zinsser approach unusual words?
(a) He is very welcoming of a transforming English language.
(b) He accepts some, but not all.
(c) He is modern when it comes to English, but would rather keep it simple.
(d) He is very conservative and will never cross a proper word line.

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

3. What tense does Zissner recommend when starting a new piece?
(a) Third person.
(b) Combination third and first.
(c) Second person.
(d) First person.

4. Do good writers decorate their writing?
(a) No, good writers dont need ornamentation.
(b) No, only bad writers do this to sell more copies.
(c) Yes, with good punctuation.
(d) Yes, always with lots of extra words.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What makes a good first sentence?

3. What is the main thing readers think when starting an article?

4. How many people are in the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel?

5. Why is nonfiction more popular than fiction?

(see the answer key)

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