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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 do interviews do for the writer?
(a) They make the writer an expert in a given subject.
(b) They make a writer less valid, since he or she needs to interview several people to create one article.
(c) They make a writer feel stupid since he or she does not know that much about a subject.
(d) Interviews humanize a topic, making a boring topic interesting.
2. What is one of Zissner's biggest pet peeves?
(a) When people write in their books.
(b) When people say they can write a book as if it is easy.
(c) When people leave the toilet seat up.
(d) When people dog ear the pages of a book.
3. What is a strange but effective way of proofreading to check for errors?
(a) Reading a piece backwards.
(b) Reading under a blacklight.
(c) Reading through a window.
(d) Reading a story upside down.
4. What does it convey when anyone says he can write a book if he wanted to?
(a) It shows that there are many talented people in the world.
(b) It reveals how easy it is to write a book.
(c) It reveals the misconception that writing is easy.
(d) It shows that people are ignorant.
5. What does a Thesaurus help a writer with, besides finding alternate words?
(a) A thesaurus can help when writing in another language.
(b) A thesaurus is a powerful stimulant to a writer's imagination.
(c) The book can help a writer become an expert in opposites.
(d) Provides easy word webs.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Zinsser do before submitting a piece of writing?
2. A musician must practice scales, and a writer must practice ______________.
3. What are some limitations of perfect grammar?
4. Why is the above a problem?
5. What is the main thing required to being a good writer?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are some examples of bad writing that has to be read?
2. Why does Zinsser want writers to cut out ornamental writing?
3. What becomes of a finished article that nobody reads?
4. Why does Zinsser advise against using exclamation points for astonishment?
5. When is it acceptable for a new word to enter the English languages American Heritage Dictionary? Can you give an example?
6. What skills does an interviewer need to possess?
7. When can grammar rules be broken?
8. Does Zinsser believe it is important for an author's personality to shine through his or her writing?
9. What political period was the worst as far as bad writing?
10. Why is nonfiction now considered to be literature?
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