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

2. Why do writers need to stick to rules?
(a) To impress their teachers with their adherance to rules.
(b) To get a copy past their editors on time.
(c) In order to get taken seriously and get picked up by an agent.
(d) Writers need to stick to rules because readers expect them to.

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

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

5. What is a second approach Zinsser recommends that complements the first approach mentioned?
(a) Going outside and finding out how a place impacts others.
(b) Never reading other travel pieces, because this adds to cliched writing.
(c) Writing only in the first person, then deciding on a tense later.
(d) Going within people's homes and seeing what they feel about foreigners.

6. What did he love about the New York Herald?
(a) He appreciated the fair and balanced reporting.
(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 loved how opinionated all the columnists were.

7. How does Zinsser create his final products?
(a) He pawns them off to his editor which sends his writing back with red squiggles.
(b) He usually knows his writing is good, so he just gives everything a once over and he is done.
(c) He spends hours finding the right words, best rhythms, and makes sure every sentence leads into another.
(d) He takes a week to read over his writing with fresh eyes.

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

9. Why does this misconception exist?
(a) Writing is too complex for many, and is more of an art than a science.
(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) Early education lumps students into categories, creating boundaries they can never cross in the future.

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

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

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

13. What should writers focus on when writing travel pieces?
(a) Style and substance.
(b) Substance and exaggerating adjectives.
(c) Information and substance.
(d) Style and sentence structure.

14. What is a major problem of business writing?
(a) Using jargon that only other business people can understand.
(b) Not using proper wording to appeal to the business world.
(c) Using long sentences.
(d) Using graphs and not labeling them.

15. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?
(a) Absolutely. They have the power to make or break a show.
(b) No, that should be left up to the audience.
(c) Yes, but they should mind their wording to not offend those in the show.
(d) Opinions should always be left out of writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the danger of overusing humor in writing?

2. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?

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

4. What does Zinsser think about this misconception?

5. What is the problem with freelance writers and editors today?

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