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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What type of memoirs does Zinsser like reading?
(a) He likes reading memoirs about other writers and their experiences.
(b) He likes reading immigrant memoirs.
(c) He only reads novels.
(d) He does not read memoirs.
2. What does Zinsser make sure his paragraphs do?
(a) He makes sure that the last paragraph references all the paragraphs before it.
(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 they all flow and summarize themselves at the end.
3. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?
(a) Very little. Readers need to be left in the dark so they can go see a show on their own.
(b) Only dates and times of the show with a thumbs up or down.
(c) Everything about the show that he or she felt was worthwhile.
(d) Enought to make a show worth seeing, without spoiling it for the readers and viewers.
4. Why doesn't Zinsser teach people how to get published?
(a) He does not want any competition.
(b) Because he doesn't know how to get people published.
(c) He wants people to learn that themselves as part of a growing experience.
(d) Because he doesn't really know what editors want.
5. Is there room for opinion when writing a sports article?
(a) Yes. Readers trust sports writers to make sports predictions about their favorite teams.
(b) There is always room for commentary.
(c) Absolutely not.
(d) Writers should limit commentary and stick to the stats.
6. How are writers like painters?
(a) Writers and painters will destory their work if it is not to their expectations.
(b) They both have the freedom of creativity with no rules that bind them.
(c) Painters start with models and then learn to create in they own way. Writers use formulas then find their own voice.
(d) Writing isn't like painting at all. Neither has anything in common with the other.
7. What is an example of American television shows that use humor to talk about serious issues?
(a) Saturday Night Live.
(b) The View.
(c) The Today Show.
(d) The Evening News.
8. What are Zinsser's four articles of faith to writing well?
(a) Clarity, simplicity, elasticity and minimalism.
(b) Brevity, quick turnaround, clever sentences and little humanity.
(c) Simplicity, brevity, busy sentences and proper grammer.
(d) Clarity, simplicity, brevity and humanity.
9. 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) People lose their ability to write when they take a job since they stop writing.
(d) It is the industry standard.
10. 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 thinks memoirs are tacky writers.
(d) He is against memoirs and thinks writers should never write about themselves.
11. What occurs when business writing is bad?
(a) People will get fired for bad writing.
(b) Executives get fired for pawning off simple writing tasks.
(c) Customers will go elsewhere to buy their goods and services.
(d) Investors will agree to terms they do not understand.
12. 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) A writer needs to emulate other writers and see how they utlilize their voices in their writing.
(d) Sign up for a talent search.
13. What advice does Zinsser have for all writers?
(a) To write the best they can and defend their writing.
(b) To never give up in the face of adversity.
(c) To challenge their editors occasionally.
(d) To write as much as they can and become a content mill.
14. What did his parents teach him that made him a fantastic writer?
(a) HIs father took him to a field trip to a newspaper office.
(b) His mother taught him to spell, and his father taught him to write.
(c) His mother was a writer and went to career day at his school.
(d) His mother instilled in him a love and respect for good writing, and his father taught him to have a strong work ethic.
15. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?
(a) People don't like reading memoires.
(b) Memoires don't sell well enough.
(c) Editors hate reading memoirs therefore don't pick them up.
(d) An attitude to please teachers and not readers.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do writers focus on most?
2. What advice does Zinsser give to employees who want to change business writing?
3. Where did Zinsser learn how to write?
4. What does Zinsser think about this misconception?
5. What is the danger of overusing humor in writing?
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