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

2. How does Zissner have the ability to choose words for the American Heritage Dictionary?
(a) He is on the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel
(b) He works for the American Heritage Dictionary
(c) He is related to someone on the panel.
(d) He created the Dictionary.

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

4. Why is the above a problem?
(a) Writers end up editing too much.
(b) Usually the first two or three paragraphs of a piece can be cut.
(c) Writers need to start at the end and work their way up.
(d) Writers don't put enough effort into their writing.

5. Does the author believe good writing is the result of an inherent talent?
(a) A good writer
(b) Yes, people are born to write.
(c) No, the craft always gets better with time.
(d) No, good writers have to be taught.

Short Answer Questions

1. When can ornamental writing be used as an exception?

2. Does skipping grammar check save a writer time?

3. Who are two authors that Zissner admires for solid writing and ornamentation?

4. What is the mood or voice in a piece?

5. What is one way of saving time?

(see the answer key)

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