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Unit 2: Myths about Writing, Test 1
1. A myth is
a) a true statement.
b) a story with a moral.
c) a common but false belief.
d) a lack of skills.
2. Which of the following is not a common myth about writing?
a) I have nothing to write about.
b) Writing is hard only for me.
c) Writing improves with practice.
d) Writing teachers are too picky.
3. Good writing
a) always contains big words and long sentences.
b) always focuses on general topics, not personal experience.
c) always comes easily for a good writer.
d) always communicates clearly.
4. The word clarity means
a) clearness and directness.
b) length and complexity.
c) perfect grammar, no mistakes.
5. Standard English is defined as being accepted by
a) dictionaries and the national government.
b) professors and historians.
c) dictionaries and respected authorities.
d) people who were born in England.
6. If you speak nonstandard English,
a) you will not be able to write correctly.
b) you will still have an “ear” for standard English.
c) you are an ESL student.
d) you will not need to learn grammar rules.
7. Standard English
a) is understood easily by both native speakers and ESL students.
b) is not understood by people in all areas of the country.
c) is not usually used in magazines like The Enquirer.
d) is also called “slang” or “street talk.”
8. Which of the following will best help you learn correct usage of standard English?
a) speaking with ESL students
b) speaking with native speakers
c) watching comedy programs on TV
d) reading magazines and newspapers
9. Writing mistakes
a) are not made by experienced writers.
b) can create misunderstandings.
c) are less important than you think.
d) should be overlooked by English teachers.
10. Which of the following would make a good topic for a paper?
b) your job
c) your favorite teacher
d) all of the above
e) none of the above
Unit 2: Myths about Writing, Test 2
1. Name two common myths about writing:
2. How can these myths hurt you?
3. Name three things that you would like to write about:
4. “You hissed the mystery lecture” is an example of a(n)
5. Rather than long sentences and big words, good writing has the qualities of
6. Who has to “accept” English for it to be considered standard English?
7. Give an example of nonstandard English.
8. Translate the following nonstandard sentence into standard English: “This girl
thought she was all that, but I wasn’t down with her at all.”
9. How does the proverb, “People do not fall over mountains; they trip over pebbles”
apply to making errors in writing?
10. Name two places you see or hear standard English every day.
Unit 2: Test 1
Unit 2: Test 2
1. Any two of the following:
I have nothing to write about.
I can’t write the way you’re supposed to-with big words and long sentences.
Writing is hard only for me.
English teachers are too picky
I hate to write because I make too many mistakes.
2. These myths can hurt you by stunting your growth as a writer or making you afraid
3. answers will vary
5. clarity and directness
6. dictionary, respected authorities
7. answers will vary—any example of nonstandard English
8. answers may vary—one possible answer: The woman thought very well of herself,
but I didn’t like her at all.
9. Small mistakes can embarrass you, harm your career, or cause the reader to
10. Two of the following: radio, TV, newspapers, magazines, books