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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 is the transaction in writing?
(a) How much facts a writer uses.
(b) How much a writer talks about themselves.
(c) The bookbuying process.
(d) How much a writer gives of themselves rather than of facts.

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

3. Chapter 3 is about __________.
(a) Increasing the simplicity of writing.
(b) Reducing clutter.
(c) Simplicity.
(d) Clutter.

4. Can good writing be taught?
(a) Only good teachers can teach good writing.
(b) It cannot, but it can be learned.
(c) Only good students can learn good writing.
(d) Of course it can.

5. What is the old view of nonfiction?
(a) That it is the only respectable form of writing.
(b) That it is all commentary that means nothing to anyone but the writer.
(c) That it is the best form of writing because it is factual and real.
(d) That it is only journalism which isn't a respectable form of writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much research does Zinsser recommend for an article?

2. What do interviews do for the writer?

3. Why is the English language so easy to use when writing?

4. What tense does Zissner recommend when starting a new piece?

5. Who is rivaling everything that Zissner is saying?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do writers have a hard time starting at the "true beginning?"

2. Should sports writers add their opinions in sports articles?

3. Why are thesauri so good for brainstorming?

4. What is a good way to learn how to write with humor? How much humor should be used?

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

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

7. Why is it important for writers to maintain unity throughout a piece? Three things are vitally important.

8. Explain some of the choices that writers have to take when editing?

9. What needs to be described in a travel article?

10. What does Zinsser make of this distinction of fiction versus nonfiction in the literary world?

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