First of all, I whole heartedly agree with Craig. I have always been told that I am an extremely strong writer, and this class was totally unexpected for me in terms of writing style. Open yourself up! Don't be afraid to fail, because you'll get the hang of it eventually.
My advice is this: In terms of the current events quizzes, don't sweat it. It's not as bad as everybody makes it out to be. Every day, I get the Post, and I outline the headlines for the Front Page, Metro, Style, and Sports sections. If the story is not obvious from the headlines and captions, read a little bit more (reading the whole story won't kill you either ;D)! Having the headlines to study from at the end of the week made the quizzes soooo much easier. Also, you will eventually be able to guess the kinds of questions Prof. Piacente will put on there, so grab a highlighter and review!