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

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

3. What is the transaction in writing?
(a) How much a writer gives of themselves rather than of facts.
(b) How much facts a writer uses.
(c) How much a writer talks about themselves.
(d) The bookbuying process.

4. Can a writer's style be affected to the reader?
(a) Yes, so long as the writing is filled with rich prose.
(b) No, it has to be genuine.
(c) Yes, so long as the writing is really dense.
(d) No, it has to be manipulated.

5. What does Zissner think of gimmicky writing?
(a) It is what gets writers through the door.
(b) It never works.
(c) It is worth a try to sell a book or article.
(d) It is the secret to selling a book.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does it convey when anyone says he can write a book if he wanted to?

2. How does Zissner have the ability to choose words for the American Heritage Dictionary?

3. Why does Zissner advise his clients to worry about the marketplace last?

4. What tense does Zissner recommend when starting a new piece?

5. What does Zissner believe authors are fearful of in their writing?

(see the answer key)

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