On Writing Well Multiple Choice Test Questions

William Zinsser
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Part I: Chapter 1 The Transaction

1. Who is the author talking to at the beginning of the book?
(a) He is talking with his editor.
(b) He is talking to his mother.
(c) He is presenting to student writers at a Connecticut school.
(d) He is talking to his wife.

2. Who is rivaling everything that Zissner is saying?
(a) The professor of the class.
(b) Another writer.
(c) A doctor who writes for a hobby.
(d) A student in the audience.

3. Why does the doctor write?
(a) He writes for fun.
(b) He writes to make extra money.
(c) He writes because he hates being a surgeon.
(d) He is writing a book.

4. What are Zissner's feelings about writing?
(a) Writing can easily be taught.
(b) Writing is a craft that is developed over time.
(c) Writing is difficult, but with the right tools, anyone can do it.
(d) Writing is easy and anyone can do it.

5. What does Zissner think of gimmicky writing?
(a) It is the secret to selling a book.
(b) It is what gets writers through the door.
(c) It is worth a try to sell a book or article.
(d) It never works.

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