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Name __________________________

English 1010 Section ___________

Major _________________________

Semester and Year _____________

Year in school: (Circle one)
Senior
Junior
Sophomore
Freshman

Please mark the best answer for the following questions:

  1. When was the last time you took an English class?
    1. last year
    2. 2-3 years ago
    3. more than 4 years ago
    4. more than 10 years ago
  2. Circle all the types of writing you have done within the past two years:
  3. essays, poems, email, journals, stories, work memos, school assignments, research papers (if there are any types of writing not listed here, please write them in below).




  4. How many pieces of writing have you done in the last week (including letters, email, assignments, journals, work memos, etc.)?
    1. 0
    2. 1-5
    3. 5-10
    4. more than 10
  5. Circle the types of essays which you are most interested in:
  6. investigation, evaluation, personal, descriptive, compare/contrast, analyzing literature, research, observing.

  7. Did you take AP English in high school?
    1. yes
    2. no
  8. How many years of high school English did you take?
    1. Less than 3
    2. 3
    3. 4
    4. more than 4
  9. How many books and/or magazines have you read in the past year?
    1. 0
    2. less than 5
    3. 6-10
    4. 11-15
    5. more than 15
  10. Did you attend high school:
    1. in Utah
    2. outside Utah
    3. both in Utah and elsewhere.
  11. What is your attitude about writing?
    1. negative
    2. somewhat negative
    3. neutral
    4. somewhat positive
    5. positive

Please provide short answers for the following questions:

  1. What have you been praised for or criticized for in the past as a writer?

  2. What do you like about writing?

  3. What would you like to learn about writing?

  4. What intimidates you about writing?

  5. What types of books and magazines do you like to read?


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Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . factcouraud. (2007, May 22). Your Past as a Writer. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/English/introduction-to-writing-academic-prose/your-past-as-a-writer.html. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License