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. Who is the author talking to at the beginning of the book?
(a) He is presenting to student writers at a Connecticut school.
(b) He is talking with his editor.
(c) He is talking to his mother.
(d) He is talking to his wife.

2. What is the old view of nonfiction?
(a) That it is the only respectable form of writing.
(b) That it is only journalism which isn't a respectable form of writing.
(c) That it is all commentary that means nothing to anyone but the writer.
(d) That it is the best form of writing because it is factual and real.

3. Can good writing be taught?
(a) Of course it can.
(b) Only good teachers can teach good writing.
(c) Only good students can learn good writing.
(d) It cannot, but it can be learned.

4. What should every paragraph end with?
(a) Every paragraph should end with a period.
(b) Every paragraph needs to have a hook or a cliffhanger that will lead the reader into the next paragraph.
(c) All paragraphs should repeat the first sentence.
(d) All paragraphs should end with a summary of the entire paragraph.

5. What is a natural inclination for writers when they start a piece?
(a) They ramble through an unnecessary introduction.
(b) Writers assume readers know nothing about what they are writing about.
(c) They assume the readers know what they are writing about.
(d) They don't give enough background information.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is the simplest sentence?

2. What group of people does the author think has the worst type of writing?

3. What is one task that a good writer constantly does?

4. Why is the English language so easy to use when writing?

5. What is the problem with American writing?

(see the answer key)

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