Creative Writing Test – Non-fiction (UK Version)
What is “metonymy”?
a. A meteoric rise to success
b. Same as ‘synonymous’
c. Rhyming couplets
d. A closely related word that is substituted for another word, object or idea
e. Two words with exactly the same meaning
The title page of a screenplay should contain which of the following?
a. A photograph of the author
b. The title of the work and the author’s name and contact information
c. A dedication, the author’s name, and the prologue
d. The author’s home address and the beginning of the first scene
What is expressive writing (as opposed to expository or persuasive writing)?
a. Writing whose main aim is to succinctly describe an object in the world
b. Argumentative writing with a rhetorical aim
c. Writing whose main aim is to explore personal experiences and which is focused on the writer instead of on a subject or even on technical ‘correctness’ of expression
d. Writing that expresses a political or social opinion
e. b and d
Which of the following best defines ‘journal writing’?
a. A written account of experiences, ideas or reflections kept regularly and usually for private use
b. Writing articles to submit to newspapers
c. Writing a journal-like diary or memoir specifically for publication
d. All of the above
What is the greatest potential hazard of putting your creative writing online?
a. Someone will plagiarize your words and potentially publish them as his or her own.
b. People will cease to respect your creative work.
c. You will not be able to get your work published in print format in the future.
d. You will lose sales.
What is ‘iambic pentameter’?
a. The five beats at the end of a five-line stanza
b. A traditional form of rising meter consisting of lines of five iambic feet (i.e., ten syllables total)
c. All Shakespearean-style poetry
d. Christopher Marlowe’s ‘heroic line’
e. a and d
Regarding the inclusion of creative expression in non-fiction writing, which of the following statements is most true?
a. Non-fiction writing should always be factually verifiable, but that does not preclude creative style or expression as long as the creative expression serves an overall purpose of conveying facts, information and learning.
b. Non-fiction is required to be only 75% truthful; the remainder can be given over to creative expression.
c. Non-fiction should always aim to be as creative and imaginative as fiction, occasionally at the cost of verifiable truth.
d. None of the above
A fiction writer cannot successfully write non-fiction as well.