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William Zinsser
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Zissner say is a common desire of every writer?
(a) To mae sure grammar is perfect.
(b) To pay perfect attention to detail.
(c) To take the long route to everything.
(d) To find shortcuts.

2. What is the response previous students have to his style of edits?
(a) They say then can still see the brackets.
(b) They like it much better than red pen all over a paper.
(c) They hated it, and have nightmares about his style.
(d) They say they never liked the highlighting.

3. What is the biggest mistake a writer can make when creating sentences?
(a) Packing in too much information into one sentence.
(b) Overediting sentences.
(c) Not creating sentences that readers want to read.
(d) Not reading their sentences aloud.

4. A musician must practice scales, and a writer must practice ______________.
(a) The marketplace.
(b) Spelling.
(c) Sentences.
(d) Grammar.

5. What is it that the bad writers mentioned above do that makes their writing terrible?
(a) They don't check their facts.
(b) They use too many euphemisms.
(c) They lie too much.
(d) They have bad grammar.

Short Answer Questions

1. What could cause a writer to write unclear?

2. Why does the doctor write?

3. How can uncluttered writing help fiction?

4. What is Zinsser's preferred method for interviewing?

5. What is the old view of nonfiction?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the major problem with American writing in terms of simplicity?

2. What is unity in writing?

3. Why are journalists good about de-cluttering their writing?

4. What do all good writers do when it comes to improving?

5. How do you know when an article is a failure?

6. Do gimmicks usually work in good writing?

7. Who does Zinsser say are the worst writers guilty of clutter?

8. What are some examples of bad writing that has to be read?

9. When can some writers break grammar rules?

10. When can grammar rules be broken?

(see the answer keys)

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