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. Can a writer simply write the article with one interview?
(a) No, there should always be mulitple interviews.
(b) No, editing is too hard with just one interview.
(c) Yes, but it is better to have mulitple interviews and meld them together into one incident.
(d) Yes, but it should be avoided because people forget things in the first interview.

2. When can ornamental writing be used as an exception?
(a) When the wrting needs extra fluff.
(b) When writing evaluations and resumes.
(c) When the author needs to abide by editors remarks.
(d) To follow solid writing.

3. What is different about every writer's voice?
(a) The sounds of a writers voice when speaking.
(b) Everything. Every writer has a unique voice that needs to be discovered.
(c) The tenses taht a writer chooses.
(d) The characters that writers speak through.

4. What problem does a scientist have when writing about science?
(a) Not following basic grammar rules.
(b) Using jargon that only scientists can understand.
(c) Formatting simple sentences.
(d) He or she forgets to be human, and writes strictly about the science.

5. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?
(a) To keep the person being interviewed on track.
(b) To avoid drawing a blank in the middle of an interview.
(c) To avoid having to do it at the interview.
(d) To focus the interview around a certain theme.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Zinsser's preferred method for interviewing?

2. Is there room for opinion when writing a sports article?

3. Is sports writing different from any other form of good writing?

4. How many people are in the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel?

5. What is a second approach Zinsser recommends that complements the first approach mentioned?

(see the answer key)

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