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 is the best way to learn to write with humor?
(a) Go to comedy shows.
(b) Hang out with funny people.
(c) Practice saying funny things aloud to friends and family.
(d) Read other humorous writing and emulate those styles.

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

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

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

5. Why does this misconception exist?
(a) Scientists are left brain individuals that don't want to learn to write.
(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) Early education lumps students into categories, creating boundaries they can never cross in the future.

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

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

8. What advice does Zinsser give to employees who want to change business writing?
(a) Take their concerns to the board.
(b) Write the way they want regardless of what their bosses say.
(c) Complain to HR.
(d) Keep trying to change it and make it better.

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

10. Writers should always look for ________________.
(a) Things that relate places to another.
(b) The unique aspects of a place.
(c) People to tell them about a place so they don't have to actually go anywhere.
(d) Making places more accessible to other people.

11. What does Zinsser make sure his paragraphs do?
(a) He makes sure they all flow and summarize themselves at the end.
(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 that the last paragraph references all the paragraphs before it.

12. How are writers like painters?
(a) Painters start with models and then learn to create in they own way. Writers use formulas then find their own voice.
(b) They both have the freedom of creativity with no rules that bind them.
(c) Writers and painters will destory their work if it is not to their expectations.
(d) Writing isn't like painting at all. Neither has anything in common with the other.

13. What freedom does he give his students?
(a) He lets everyone out early on Fridays.
(b) He doesn't give deadlines, the gives very little guidance, and just lets people write and turn in first drafts.
(c) He doesn't give freedom. He is very demanding of his students.
(d) The power to decide what to write about, what angle to take, what perspective, and what to cut out.

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

15. Where does a writer need to start to get his or her voice discovered?
(a) Sign up for a talent search.
(b) Go to a literary agent and ask how to get their voice out.
(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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did he love about the New York Herald?

2. What was the best advice Zinsser ever received about having opinions in writing?

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

4. Did Zinsser always want to write?

5. Is there room for opinion when writing a sports article?

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