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. What is another important characteristic of a writer?
(a) To sound out simple sentences.
(b) To be aware of the rhythm and sound of words together.
(c) To sound out simple syllables.
(d) To be aware of the way words are spelled.

2. What is the mood or voice in a piece?
(a) Mood or voice is the way a piece sounds to the reader in the imaginations inner ear.
(b) The mood is the way the characters feel in a piece.
(c) The voice is the authority figure in a nonfiction piece.
(d) Mood or voice is the way the characters speak to one another.

3. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?
(a) Opinions should always be left out of writing.
(b) Absolutely. They have the power to make or break a show.
(c) Yes, but they should mind their wording to not offend those in the show.
(d) No, that should be left up to the audience.

4. Can good writing be taught?
(a) It cannot, but it can be learned.
(b) Of course it can.
(c) Only good teachers can teach good writing.
(d) Only good students can learn good writing.

5. What happens when a product of writing is never read?
(a) It gets categorized under the bad books section.
(b) The author's reputation is harmed.
(c) It gets burned.
(d) It becomes worthless and a waste of good time.

Short Answer Questions

1. Can a writer simply write the article with one interview?

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

3. Why is jargon, or corporate speak, so prevalent in business writing?

4. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?

5. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?

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