On Writing Well Test | Final 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 should writers focus on the most?
(a) Their audience.
(b) The final product.
(c) The writing process.
(d) Their editors.

2. What do people forget about writing?
(a) It is a gift that only certain people have.
(b) It is easy and anyone can do it.
(c) It is a craft and it can be learned.
(d) It is a science that is hard to understand.

3. What approach to a place should writers take?
(a) To go around asking the locals questions.
(b) Reading other travel pieces and compare them.
(c) To go within a place and see how it impacts the writer.
(d) Just writing ambiguously.

4. Where does a writer need to start to get his or her voice discovered?
(a) Go to a literary agent and ask how to get their voice out.
(b) Sign up for a talent search.
(c) Read stories aloud at poetry clubs or book clubs.
(d) A writer needs to emulate other writers and see how they utlilize their voices in their writing.

5. What is the biggest fear that nonfiction writers have?
(a) Not being able to bring off an assignment and get it dont with any justice.
(b) Having their computer break, mid story, without having saved a word.
(c) Having people laugh at their article, that wasn't a humorous piece.
(d) Not being able to sell their story that they worked so hard on.

6. What do writers focus on most?
(a) Their audience.
(b) The writing process.
(c) The final product.
(d) Their editors.

7. Is there room for opinion when writing a sports article?
(a) Absolutely not.
(b) Yes. Readers trust sports writers to make sports predictions about their favorite teams.
(c) Writers should limit commentary and stick to the stats.
(d) There is always room for commentary.

8. What does the process of memoir writing do for a writer?
(a) It forces them to talk to distant relatives they hate.
(b) Nothing but write about everything he or she thinks about daily.
(c) It brings back bad memories that the person tried to forget.
(d) It brings up related memories that were pushed into the subconsious.

9. Is sports writing different from any other form of good writing?
(a) No, it is just as good as other writing.
(b) No, good writing is good writing.
(c) Yes, it isn't as comprehensive.
(d) Yes, it isn't as important.

10. His article was supposed to be about his impressions of salt caravans, why didn't he write more about this?
(a) He never saw the salt caravans, and this was the humor in his article.
(b) He was bored with the caravans, and would have bored his readers since he cannot fake his voice.
(c) He wasn't paying attention to the salt caravans.
(d) Salt caravans are general knowledge and he didn't want to sound cliche.

11. What is a good way to edit a long story?
(a) Read it backwards.
(b) Have someone else read it aloud.
(c) Break it into sections to make it more manageable.
(d) Take a break and read it with fresh eyes.

12. Where did Zinsser learn how to write?
(a) He taught himself.
(b) From reading good books.
(c) He learned while he was deployed during WWII.
(d) From reading the New York Herald.

13. What is a major problem of business writing?
(a) Using long sentences.
(b) Not using proper wording to appeal to the business world.
(c) Using graphs and not labeling them.
(d) Using jargon that only other business people can understand.

14. Where is there an opportunity for great creative writing?
(a) Writing for the arts is the best opportunity to write creatively.
(b) LIterary journals.
(c) At the local library.
(d) Online at freelance job web sites.

15. What does Zinsser think about this misconception?
(a) He agrees with it and thinks scientists cannot write at all.
(b) He disagrees with it, but offers no reason why.
(c) He states anyone can write about anything if his approach is correct.
(d) He agrees with it and thinks writers can never understand complex scientific theories.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are writers like painters?

2. What is a general rule for writing about sports?

3. What does Zinsser think about writing memoirs?

4. How does Zinsser end his travel article that he wrote about Timbuktu?

5. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?

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