On Writing Well Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

William Zinsser
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are some limitations of perfect grammar?
(a) Lack of expressionism when grammar is perfect.
(b) Hindering points, establishing author moods, and painting word pictures.
(c) Good grammer makes for boring writing.
(d) Some writers don't have perfect grammar and therefore cannot get published.

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

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

4. When does the writing start for a nonfiction article?
(a) It starts before the interview but after the research.
(b) It starts when the interviewing process and research is complete.
(c) It starts whenever the writer is ready to start.
(d) It starts before interviewing to set up the article paragraphs.

5. What attitude should writers embrace towards their editors?
(a) Worry only about the editor in order to get published.
(b) Don't worry about the editor because you should please your audience first.
(c) Worry about the editor and the readers. They will buy and sell your books.
(d) Don't worry about pleasing them initially.

6. When can ornamental writing be used as an exception?
(a) When the wrting needs extra fluff.
(b) To follow solid writing.
(c) When the author needs to abide by editors remarks.
(d) When writing evaluations and resumes.

7. Why does Zissner advise his clients to worry about the marketplace last?
(a) Writing a good piece for the marketplace is easy when they know what sells.
(b) Because nobody knows what is going to sell.
(c) Because the marketplace always needs books and will take anything.
(d) Because the marketplace never changes.

8. What is an example of a time when bad writing HAS to be read?
(a) Corporate memos or technical writing.
(b) In the newspaper.
(c) In English class.
(d) Online writing.

9. Why is nonfiction more popular than fiction?
(a) It isn't more popular, it is just more widespread.
(b) It is what modern editors like to read.
(c) Entertainment alternatives makes nonfiction more popular, even if it is a trend.
(d) It is more entertaining since it is true.

10. What happens when the reader loses interest in the writing?
(a) He puts down the book.
(b) The transaction between author and writer is broken.
(c) She writes a bad review.
(d) She throws the book.

11. What is the main attitude that writers have today?
(a) To be published in the New Yorker.
(b) To write literature, the way it was defined before WWII.
(c) To write well, regardless of whether it is fiction or nonfiction.
(d) To write modern literature and be the next best author.

12. What ability do great authors have?
(a) The ability to get an inside on reading trends.
(b) The ability to write whenever they want.
(c) The ability to write perfectley grammatical pieces.
(d) The ability to ignore rules of grammar.

13. Has the period of political euphemisms improved since the Vietnam War?
(a) Yes, politicians know how to unclutter their writing now.
(b) Yes, politicians hire better speech writers.
(c) No, it is the same.
(d) No, it has gotten worse.

14. What happens when a product of writing is never read?
(a) It gets categorized under the bad books section.
(b) It becomes worthless and a waste of good time.
(c) The author's reputation is harmed.
(d) It gets burned.

15. Why doesn't he simply cross out clutter?
(a) Because highlighting is easier to see.
(b) So that his students will learn to recognize clutter.
(c) Because it uses too much ink to cross out than to bracket.
(d) Because underlining is easier on the eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does it convey when anyone says he can write a book if he wanted to?

2. Why is the above a problem?

3. Why does he recommend starting in the preferred tense?

4. Why is consistency in verb tense so important?

5. What trap do journalists and editors fall into often?

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