On Writing Well Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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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. Which is the simplest sentence?
(a) Simplicity is the direct opposite of clutter.
(b) Simplicity.
(c) Simplicity is the opposite of clutter.
(d) Simplicity is opporite clutter.

2. What happens when a product of writing is never read?
(a) The author's reputation is harmed.
(b) It gets categorized under the bad books section.
(c) It gets burned.
(d) It becomes worthless and a waste of good time.

3. Why do journalists need to perfect uncluttered writing?
(a) It is easier to sell.
(b) It make their writing easier to read.
(c) People only pay attention to short articles.
(d) They have a limited number of column inches and word limits.

4. What is the main thing readers think when starting an article?
(a) They want to know whether it is worth it 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 how long it will take them to read the article.
(d) They want to know whether the writer is credible or not.

5. What is a common problem with nonfiction writers?
(a) They don't research enough.
(b) Nonfiction writers tend to want to say the last word on a subject, which covers too much ground.
(c) They tend to write confusing articles that do not interest anyone.
(d) They want to be the final experts and turn away viable information that would change their articles.

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes a good first sentence?

2. What should every paragraph end with?

3. Why do Americans have trouble writing?

4. What are some limitations of perfect grammar?

5. What happens when the reader loses interest in the writing?

(see the answer key)

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