William’s Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity & Grace,
                                            Study Questions 1-15

                                            Lessons 1-5 (pp. 1-117)

1. Supply the missing word: "Have something to say, and say it as ______________
as you can" (Matthew Arnold, p. 1)

2. Williams praises two earlier American writers who wrote with a "clear" and "direct"
style: Thomas Paine, in 1776, and which other writer about 100 years later?

3. Williams uses the adjective "turgid" many times to describe poor writing. What does
"turgid" mean?

4. Why does Williams think that we are so poor at editing our own writing?

5. How important is the rule about not beginning sentences with "and" or "but,"
according to Williams?

6. How important is the rule about not spitting infinitives according to Williams?

7. What pronoun does Williams think will eventually replace "he" as a generic pronoun
covering both genders?

8. A writer should express the main characters as which part of speech in a sentence
(to create a clearer style)?

9. What (negative) term does Williams use for turning an a verb or adjective into a
noun?

10. What is the "topic" of a sentence?

11. Who does Williams say is the worst editor of one's writing?

12. How does Williams define "cohesion" in writing?

13. How does Williams define "coherence" in writing?

14. How does Williams recommend starting new sentences?

15. A writer should express the actions of a sentence as which part of speech
(to create a clearer style)?