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. What is the main thing readers think when starting an article?
(a) They want to know how soon they will find the answer to the original thesis question of an article.
(b) They want to know how long it will take them to read the article.
(c) They want to know whether the writer is credible or not.
(d) They want to know whether it is worth it to read the article.

2. What is a common problem with nonfiction writers?
(a) They want to be the final experts and turn away viable information that would change their articles.
(b) They tend to write confusing articles that do not interest anyone.
(c) Nonfiction writers tend to want to say the last word on a subject, which covers too much ground.
(d) They don't research enough.

3. Where should the writer find his or her words?
(a) From within the subconscious to the writing consciousness
(b) From modern euphanisms that people can relate to.
(c) From a dictionary.
(d) From a thesaraus.

4. What is one way of saving time?
(a) Learning to write over eighty words per minute.
(b) Not doing a story outline.
(c) Solely relying on grammar and spell check.
(d) Skipping spell check.

5. What does the etymology of words mean?
(a) The written scripts.
(b) The history of words.
(c) The sound of words.
(d) The biology of words.

Short Answer Questions

1. What gives nonfiction books life?

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

3. What is the main thing required to being a good writer?

4. What is an alternative way of showing astonishment in writing?

5. What could cause a writer to write unclear?

(see the answer key)

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