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. Who is rivaling everything that Zissner is saying?
(a) Another writer.
(b) A student in the audience.
(c) The professor of the class.
(d) A doctor who writes for a hobby.

2. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?
(a) Reading through a window.
(b) Reading a piece backwards.
(c) Reading a story upside down.
(d) Reading under a blacklight.

3. Why doesn't Zissner provide examples of these writers he admires?
(a) Because of copyright law.
(b) He didn't want their writing to prove better than his.
(c) Because he has a word count limit to abide to.
(d) So that people will go to the library to discover the writers themselves.

4. What freedom does he give his students?
(a) He lets everyone out early on Fridays.
(b) The power to decide what to write about, what angle to take, what perspective, and what to cut out.
(c) He doesn't give freedom. He is very demanding of his students.
(d) He doesn't give deadlines, the gives very little guidance, and just lets people write and turn in first drafts.

5. What is another example of when a person HAS to read bad writing?
(a) Instruction manuals.
(b) Political Journals.
(c) Television captions.
(d) Literature anthologies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that the bad writers mentioned above do that makes their writing terrible?

2. How does Zissner have the ability to choose words for the American Heritage Dictionary?

3. Why doesn't Zinsser teach people how to get published?

4. What is the best way to learn to write with humor?

5. Should exclamation points be used in serious writing?

(see the answer key)

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