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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. What does Zinsser think about writing memoirs?
(a) He thinks memoirs are tacky writers.
(b) He likes memoirs and reads them constantly.
(c) He is against memoirs and thinks writers should never write about themselves.
(d) He encourages them and wants writers to stop being afraid about writing about themselves.

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

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

4. What is different about every writer's voice?
(a) The tenses taht a writer chooses.
(b) The sounds of a writers voice when speaking.
(c) The characters that writers speak through.
(d) Everything. Every writer has a unique voice that needs to be discovered.

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

6. What is a general rule for writing about sports?
(a) Writing only about one sports.
(b) Overeducating the reader about sports facts.
(c) Using industry standards instead of creative terms when referencing sports topics.
(d) Being as creative as possible to retain readership.

7. Why is it important for writers to practice?
(a) In order to stay ahead of other writers that are also looking for jobs.
(b) Writers dont need to practice, they just need to write.
(c) In order to make daily word counts.
(d) Writing is a craft, much like dancing and painting. All three need to do their thing.

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

9. How does Zinsser gain an edge over his competition?
(a) He does extensive research and is always right.
(b) He writes in an entertaining way.
(c) It is just luck and a good voice.
(d) He holds tons of interviews before writing a word.

10. What is the advantage of a writer writing his or her own memoir?
(a) The writer does not have to pay attention to basic grammar rules.
(b) The writer does not have to do any interviews.
(c) They are lax and impersonal.
(d) The main subject is already known.

11. Why is it important for writers to stick to industry standards?
(a) To sell magazines.
(b) To be good writers, since the industry sets the standard.
(c) The industry wants everything to be the same so they can catalogue writing more easily.
(d) Readers likely played the sport they are reading about and want to know what happened from a standard perspective.

12. Does Zinsser ever use humor in his writing?
(a) No, he is not a funny guy.
(b) Never, he is against humorous writing.
(c) Sometimes, but only when he knows it will be perceived as funny.
(d) Yes, he uses it to humanize his writing and add his own personal voice.

13. What did he love about the New York Herald?
(a) He loved how opinionated all the columnists were.
(b) The style which incorporated warmth, humor and the master of the English language.
(c) He loved that it always came to his doorstep as a child.
(d) He appreciated the fair and balanced reporting.

14. How does Zinsser end his travel article that he wrote about Timbuktu?
(a) He ends with a joke about how hot it was in the desert.
(b) He repeats his first sentence, throws in a stat about the country, and mentions eveyrone should visit at one point in their life.
(c) He generalizes the story.
(d) He ends by telling the truth and stating how satisfied he was with his desert experience.

15. How is humor used in writing nonfiction?
(a) It is used to make fun of people without them every knowing.
(b) It is used to bring out points that cannot be made in a straight forward manner.
(c) It is used to practice jokes for stand up comedians.
(d) It is never used. Nonfiction should always be serious.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the best way to add humor into writing?

2. Is sports writing different from any other form of good writing?

3. What did his parents teach him that made him a fantastic writer?

4. What occurs when business writing is bad?

5. Where is there an opportunity for great creative writing?

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