On Writing Well Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

William Zinsser
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part IV: Chapter 23 A Writer's Decision.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Nonfiction writers tend to want to say the last word on a subject, which covers too much ground.
(c) They tend to write confusing articles that do not interest anyone.
(d) They don't research enough.

2. How does a thesaurus help with brainstorming?
(a) The book gives a list of unrelated words that weeds out the bad choices.
(b) There are pictures of mindmaps within each thesaurus.
(c) The book provides brainstorming exercises.
(d) Looking up a word leads to a list of related words and gives overal word choices and concepts.

3. What is a major job of a nonfiction writer?
(a) Learning as much as possible about a subject before taking on a project.
(b) Taking on a project with a clean slate. Just like a jury in a legal battle.
(c) Majoring in the subject they will write about.
(d) Conducting interviews with people who know about the writing project subject.

4. What does reading aloud do for the writer?
(a) It is a therapeutic process signifying the end of a story.
(b) It helps the writer compare their work to others.
(c) It allows writers to understand their own writing.
(d) Catches simple mistakes and clumsy constructions.

5. How many people are in the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel?
(a) 14 writers and poets.
(b) 10 writers.
(c) 1000 writers, poets, and editors.
(d) 104 writers, poets, editors, and teachers.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is a misconception about writers and scientists?

3. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?

4. What period in U.S. history does Zissner point out as a time filled with euphemisms?

5. What are Zissner's feelings about writing?

(see the answer key)

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