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

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

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

4. What do people need to understand about science?
(a) It can be learned at any point in life.
(b) Only nerds can learn it.
(c) It is a foundation that needs to be built upon.
(d) It is easy to understand if given the chance.

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

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

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

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

9. What problem does a scientist have when writing about science?
(a) Formatting simple sentences.
(b) He or she forgets to be human, and writes strictly about the science.
(c) Using jargon that only scientists can understand.
(d) Not following basic grammar rules.

10. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?
(a) Subscribing to arts magazines.
(b) Having a comparitive literature degress.
(c) Knowing the subject that the writer wants to write about.
(d) Frequenting the theatre often.

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

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

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

14. What is a misconception about writers and scientists?
(a) Scientists are smarter than writers.
(b) It is that writers cannot do science and scientists cannot write.
(c) Writers are more creative that scientists.
(d) Writers are better than scientists.

15. What happens when writers do not stick to proper grammar rules?
(a) It makes readers believe that all writing is bad, and they won't ever read again.
(b) It creates more bad writers.
(c) It distracts the readers and show conempt for the language.
(d) It makes readers mad.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does a writer need to start to get his or her voice discovered?

2. What should writers focus on when writing travel pieces?

3. What occurs when business writing is bad?

4. How does Zinsser create his final products?

5. Should a writer use different voices for different types of writing?

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