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 does Zinsser throw away in his writing classes?
(a) Story prompts.
(b) Deadlines.
(c) Story webs.
(d) Books.

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

3. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?
(a) People don't like reading memoires.
(b) An attitude to please teachers and not readers.
(c) Editors hate reading memoirs therefore don't pick them up.
(d) Memoires don't sell well enough.

4. Why do criticism writers have to be at a higher level than other writers?
(a) Criticism need to be stronger at literary elements because they need to recreate a scene or a song in the imagination of their readers with words only.
(b) Criticism is harder to write about because it tends to be less attractive than other writing.
(c) Criticism writers are no different. They still need to use the same basic rules of writing.
(d) Only those able to understand the arts can write about them, and very little people can.

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

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

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

8. What type of memoirs does Zinsser like reading?
(a) He only reads novels.
(b) He likes reading memoirs about other writers and their experiences.
(c) He likes reading immigrant memoirs.
(d) He does not read memoirs.

9. What advice does Zinsser have for all writers?
(a) To challenge their editors occasionally.
(b) To write as much as they can and become a content mill.
(c) To never give up in the face of adversity.
(d) To write the best they can and defend their writing.

10. What does Zinsser make sure his paragraphs do?
(a) He makes sure that the last paragraph references all the paragraphs before it.
(b) He makes sure each paragraph draws the reader onward through the entire story.
(c) He proofreads and makes sure the right punctuation is used throughout.
(d) He makes sure they all flow and summarize themselves at the end.

11. Why does this misconception exist?
(a) Early education lumps students into categories, creating boundaries they can never cross in the future.
(b) Scientists are left brain individuals that don't want to learn to write.
(c) Writing is too complex for many, and is more of an art than a science.
(d) Writers only want to read literature, and not science.

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

13. Do readers generally like knowing about athletes' personal lives?
(a) No, they just want to see the athletes play their game.
(b) Either way, it doesn't really matter.
(c) Only when it pertains to athletes' outlooks on the sport.
(d) Yes, they want all the information out there.

14. What is the problem with freelance writers and editors today?
(a) Writers never listen to their editors.
(b) Editors treat freelance writers like hired help.
(c) Writers are pushovers and let their work become ruined.
(d) Editors are not as good as writers.

15. Do writers need to write all the time?
(a) Yes, even if they have to force it out.
(b) No, if they are not in the mood, it will come out in their writing.
(c) Yes, because writers are always able to write.
(d) No, writers should only write when they are in the zone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zinsser think about this misconception?

2. What is the best way to learn to write with humor?

3. What should writers focus on the most?

4. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?

5. What is a misconception about writers and scientists?

(see the answer keys)

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