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

2. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?
(a) To get more clients to understand their terms.
(b) To produce more writing jobs.
(c) In a capitalistic world, there is always competition and good writing reduces it.
(d) To appeal to educators.

3. What is the best way to add humor into writing?
(a) Making a funny sentence sneak up on a reader to get an unexpected laugh.
(b) Making seperate paragraphs that only have the funny line in them.
(c) Making all funny lines italicized.
(d) Adding asterisks to funny lines.

4. What does the fear cause writers to do?
(a) It will keep writers away from discovering new subjects.
(b) It will lead to excessively bad writing.
(c) It will make writers stop writing.
(d) It will stop the flow of information.

5. 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) Writers only want to read literature, and not science.
(d) Writing is too complex for many, and is more of an art than a science.

6. What is a major problem with humorous writing?
(a) Sarcasm does not come out in writing.
(b) It can never be taken seriously.
(c) It is too hard to be funny in writing and takes a gifted person.
(d) It gets dated, and what is funny in 1980 will not be funny in 2080.

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

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

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

10. Why is jargon, or corporate speak, so prevalent in business writing?
(a) It is prevalent because subordinates think that the executives want jargon-filled writing in order to sound more professional.
(b) There is a lack of writing skills learned in college because all the focus is on business.
(c) It is the industry standard.
(d) People lose their ability to write when they take a job since they stop writing.

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

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

13. What do sports writers forget to do when writing about sports for so long?
(a) They forget who their readers are and what they are writing about.
(b) They get into the lives of their athletes in too much depth.
(c) They forget to research the athletes personal lives.
(d) They use too many stats and not enough writing.

14. Does ZInsser give in to his editor's changes?
(a) Sometimes, only when they are worth it.
(b) Yes, they are the editors after all.
(c) No, and he never gives in.
(d) No. He tends to fight them constantly.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the biggest fear that nonfiction writers have?

2. What does Zinsser think about writing memoirs?

3. What does Zinsser throw away in his writing classes?

4. What approach to a place should writers take?

5. Why do writers need to stick to rules?

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