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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. How does Zinsser approach unusual words?
(a) He is modern when it comes to English, but would rather keep it simple.
(b) He is very conservative and will never cross a proper word line.
(c) He accepts some, but not all.
(d) He is very welcoming of a transforming English language.

2. What happens when a product of writing is never read?
(a) The author's reputation is harmed.
(b) It gets categorized under the bad books section.
(c) It gets burned.
(d) It becomes worthless and a waste of good time.

3. Good writing is ______________.
(a) Very difficult.
(b) Easy to teach.
(c) Easy.
(d) Seen often.

4. Why should interview questions be written before the interview?
(a) To keep the person being interviewed on track.
(b) To avoid drawing a blank in the middle of an interview.
(c) To focus the interview around a certain theme.
(d) To avoid having to do it at the interview.

5. What are two tools every writer should use?
(a) Spell check and grammar check.
(b) Thesaraus and grammar check.
(c) Thesaraus and dictionary.
(d) Spell check and dictionary.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?

2. Does Zissner believe in the journalism model for good writing?

3. What is one task that a good writer constantly does?

4. What happens when the reader loses interest in the writing?

5. What period of writing constantly used semicolons?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do gimmicks usually work in good writing?

3. Why does Zinsser use brackets on students' papers?

4. Why are writers fearful to insert their own opinions, ideas, and judgments in their own writing?

5. What happens to the reader when he or she reads cluttered writing?

6. Why does Zinsser advise against using exclamation points for astonishment?

7. What is unity in writing?

8. How much information should a writer gather before writing a piece? Why is it important?

9. Who is the real audience in a piece of writing?

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

(see the answer keys)

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