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Style Quiz (9th)

Adapted from first page of "Style is how you say what you say" handout.
STUDY
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TEXTUAL ANALYSIS
(the box)
avoid writing about the author
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avoid writing about yourself
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avoid writing about your analysis
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avoid writing about other readers
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avoid writing about your audience
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GUIDELINES
(style points)
Use definite, specific, concrete language
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Use the active voice and avoid the passive voice
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Put statements in a positive form
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The verb "to be" cripples your prose: avoid its use, especially in the first and last sentences of paragraphs
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Keep related words together
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Use the present tense for analytical essays
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Avoid shifting verb tenses
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Avoid unintentional repetition of words, phrases, or sentence structures
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Avoid overstatement, exaggeration, over-generalization, superlative, intensifying, and imprecise qualifiers
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Avoid "have" as a main verb; also avoid "get," "seem," and "show"
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Avoid colloquial language and clichés
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A title's ability to inform and intrigue the reader is more important than its brevity
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Always begin an essay with a compelling and intriguing lead sentence
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At the beginnings of sentences, avoid using a stand-alone pronoun followed by a weak verb: "There is. . .", "This shows. . .", "It seems. . ."
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Avoid misuse of the semicolon
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Transitions should occur at the start of a paragraph as part of a paragraph topic sentence
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For clarity, break overly complex sentences into shorter sentences
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Eliminate redundancy by combining or deleting sentences
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Omit needless words
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Avoid using formatting, such as italics or underlining, for emphasis
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