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. Why is the English language changing all the time?
(a) It changes because people don't know how to speak it properly and are changing the way it is spoken.
(b) It changes because academics choose the best ways to speak English and try to teach that to children.
(c) It changes because it is a living language.
(d) It changes because of regional differences that make their way outwards.

2. What is the biggest mistake a writer can make when creating sentences?
(a) Overediting sentences.
(b) Not creating sentences that readers want to read.
(c) Not reading their sentences aloud.
(d) Packing in too much information into one sentence.

3. What is it that the bad writers mentioned above do that makes their writing terrible?
(a) They use too many euphemisms.
(b) They don't check their facts.
(c) They have bad grammar.
(d) They lie too much.

4. How much research does Zinsser recommend for an article?
(a) He recommends finding much more information than is needed for the article.
(b) He recommends finding the bare minimum and bulking an article up with adjectives.
(c) He recommends using at least three full length books for a one page article.
(d) He recommends finding just enough to make a word count.

5. What is the response previous students have to his style of edits?
(a) They hated it, and have nightmares about his style.
(b) They like it much better than red pen all over a paper.
(c) They say then can still see the brackets.
(d) They say they never liked the highlighting.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the doctor write?

2. How rigid are the lines between proper and improper English usage?

3. Should exclamation points be used in serious writing?

4. Why does he recommend starting in the preferred tense?

5. Why doesn't Zissner provide examples of these writers he admires?

(see the answer key)

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