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 tense does Zissner recommend when starting a new piece?
(a) First person.
(b) Second person.
(c) Combination third and first.
(d) Third person.

2. Why does this misconception exist?
(a) Writing is too complex for many, and is more of an art than a science.
(b) Early education lumps students into categories, creating boundaries they can never cross in the future.
(c) Writers only want to read literature, and not science.
(d) Scientists are left brain individuals that don't want to learn to write.

3. Why do journalists need to perfect uncluttered writing?
(a) It make their writing easier to read.
(b) They have a limited number of column inches and word limits.
(c) It is easier to sell.
(d) People only pay attention to short articles.

4. What happens when a writer writes in unclear ways?
(a) They don't get published.
(b) They lose the interest of the reader.
(c) Their book gets tagged as abstract literature and nobody ever reads it.
(d) Their writing doesn't make sense.

5. What is the main attitude that writers have today?
(a) To write literature, the way it was defined before WWII.
(b) To be published in the New Yorker.
(c) To write modern literature and be the next best author.
(d) To write well, regardless of whether it is fiction or nonfiction.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are some limitations of perfect grammar?

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

3. Where did Zinsser learn how to write?

4. His article was supposed to be about his impressions of salt caravans, why didn't he write more about this?

5. Writers should always look for ________________.

(see the answer key)

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