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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?
(a) The point of view can be determined after the writer figures out who will be the main character.
(b) THe point of view should be determined once the writing is finished and ready for editing.
(c) A writer should determine the point of view before writing a new piece.
(d) It doesn't matter when the point of view is established.

2. Good writing is ______________.
(a) Seen often.
(b) Easy to teach.
(c) Very difficult.
(d) Easy.

3. Why do Americans have trouble writing?
(a) They are bad at fact checking.
(b) Their minds are too cluttered.
(c) They do too much and slack on their writing.
(d) They are not complex enough.

4. Which is the simplest sentence?
(a) Simplicity.
(b) Simplicity is the opposite of clutter.
(c) Simplicity is opporite clutter.
(d) Simplicity is the direct opposite of clutter.

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

6. What has literature transformed into?
(a) Literature now includes nonfiction and fiction alike.
(b) Literature now includes poetry.
(c) Literature is still mainly novels,and very rarely includes other writing.
(d) Literature has not transformed at all.

7. Why is it important to narrow down a nonfiction piece?
(a) It isn't important. People just want to look at pictures anyways.
(b) Articles should not drain the writer and reader. Focusing on a corner is better than redefining an entire room.
(c) One person cannot write an article about every aspect of something. That is what books are for.
(d) It isn't that important. It just sells better to magazines to be focused.

8. Why is consistency in verb tense so important?
(a) It is important for the development of characters, and to set up a plot.
(b) It is important so that verbs don't get confused with nouns.
(c) Very tense consistency is important so that the reader does not become lost in the timing of events.
(d) It is important for slower readers to follow along.

9. Why is it important for writers to read constantly?
(a) To study the market.
(b) To learn from other writers' mistakes.
(c) To learn how to write.
(d) To emulate their heroes.

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

11. What method of writing does Zissner use?
(a) Bold paragraph approach.
(b) New Journalism.
(c) Cluster writing.
(d) Old Journalism.

12. What does it convey when anyone says he can write a book if he wanted to?
(a) It reveals how easy it is to write a book.
(b) It shows that people are ignorant.
(c) It reveals the misconception that writing is easy.
(d) It shows that there are many talented people in the world.

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

14. Can good writing be taught?
(a) It cannot, but it can be learned.
(b) Only good students can learn good writing.
(c) Of course it can.
(d) Only good teachers can teach good writing.

15. What is one of Zissner's biggest pet peeves?
(a) When people leave the toilet seat up.
(b) When people write in their books.
(c) When people dog ear the pages of a book.
(d) When people say they can write a book as if it is easy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Literature was once considered solely as what?

2. What is an alternative way of showing astonishment in writing?

3. What is the mood or voice in a piece?

4. What is a major job of a nonfiction writer?

5. What is one way of saving time?

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