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

2. Where does a writer need to start to get his or her voice discovered?
(a) Go to a literary agent and ask how to get their voice out.
(b) Read stories aloud at poetry clubs or book clubs.
(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.

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

4. Did Zinsser always want to write?
(a) Yes, ever since he was a little boy.
(b) No, his love of writing came after being deployed.
(c) No, it was a random interest.
(d) He always wanted to write for a newspaper.

5. What does Zinsser think about writing memoirs?
(a) He thinks memoirs are tacky writers.
(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 likes memoirs and reads them constantly.

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

7. What do people forget about writing?
(a) It is a craft and it can be learned.
(b) It is a science that is hard to understand.
(c) It is a gift that only certain people have.
(d) It is easy and anyone can do it.

8. Why do structured classes miss the point of teaching good writing?
(a) They focus less on talent and more on getting good grades.
(b) They focus more on talent and less on grades.
(c) They focus more on the writing process than the final product.
(d) They focus more on the final product than the writing process.

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

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

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

12. What is the biggest fear that nonfiction writers have?
(a) Not being able to bring off an assignment and get it dont with any justice.
(b) Having people laugh at their article, that wasn't a humorous piece.
(c) Having their computer break, mid story, without having saved a word.
(d) Not being able to sell their story that they worked so hard on.

13. What is the danger of overusing humor in writing?
(a) A writer will not be taken seriously.
(b) It can get tiresome and jokes over time will become weaker.
(c) Rejection from not being funny enough, or at all.
(d) A writer's credibility will tank.

14. What is an example of American television shows that use humor to talk about serious issues?
(a) The View.
(b) Saturday Night Live.
(c) The Evening News.
(d) The Today Show.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What occurs when business writing is bad?

2. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?

3. What did his parents teach him that made him a fantastic writer?

4. Does Zinsser ever use humor in his writing?

5. What type of memoirs does Zinsser like reading?

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