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 are some limitations of perfect grammar?
(a) Lack of expressionism when grammar is perfect.
(b) Hindering points, establishing author moods, and painting word pictures.
(c) Some writers don't have perfect grammar and therefore cannot get published.
(d) Good grammer makes for boring writing.

2. What are the two components of the original Roget's Thesaurus?
(a) Antonyms with very in depth definitions.
(b) A dictionary listing of words, and a numberd section with synonyms arranged in broad concepts.
(c) A list of synonyms and their definitions with pictures on one side.
(d) A dictionary of antonyms, and one of synonyms.

3. Who do authors please first with their writing?
(a) Readers.
(b) Family members.
(c) Editors.
(d) Themselves.

4. What is unity in writing?
(a) Unity is where the writer maintains consistency throughout an entire piece.
(b) Unity is when the writer sticks to one plot.
(c) Unity is when the characters in a story are united and never disagree with one another.
(d) Unity is when characters are unipolar and one dimensional.

5. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?
(a) The point of view can be determined after the writer figures out who will be the main character.
(b) It doesn't matter when the point of view is established.
(c) THe point of view should be determined once the writing is finished and ready for editing.
(d) A writer should determine the point of view before writing a new piece.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zissner say is a common desire of every writer?

2. Who is the real audience in a piece of writing?

3. Does skipping grammar check save a writer time?

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

5. Why doesn't he simply cross out clutter?

(see the answer key)

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