On Writing Well Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part IV: Chapter 20 The Sound of Your Voice.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do writers need to stick to rules?
(a) In order to get taken seriously and get picked up by an agent.
(b) Writers need to stick to rules because readers expect them to.
(c) To get a copy past their editors on time.
(d) To impress their teachers with their adherance to rules.

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

3. Why is the English language so easy to use when writing?
(a) It is rich with words.
(b) English isn't an easy language and is not easy to write at all.
(c) It has strict rules that makes it impossible to stray.
(d) There are very limited words, so there is no need to find alternatives, which cuts time in half.

4. What does the process of memoir writing do for a writer?
(a) It brings up related memories that were pushed into the subconsious.
(b) Nothing but write about everything he or she thinks about daily.
(c) It forces them to talk to distant relatives they hate.
(d) It brings back bad memories that the person tried to forget.

5. What is the old view of nonfiction?
(a) That it is only journalism which isn't a respectable form of writing.
(b) That it is all commentary that means nothing to anyone but the writer.
(c) That it is the best form of writing because it is factual and real.
(d) That it is the only respectable form of writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does reading aloud do for the writer?

2. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?

3. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?

4. Why is it important for writers to read constantly?

5. What happens when writers do not stick to proper grammar rules?

(see the answer key)

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