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

2. What trap do journalists and editors fall into often?
(a) Using cliches and made up words.
(b) Not doing grammar checks.
(c) Using too many commas.
(d) Usin too many dashes.

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

4. What happens when a writer writes in unclear ways?
(a) Their book gets tagged as abstract literature and nobody ever reads it.
(b) They lose the interest of the reader.
(c) Their writing doesn't make sense.
(d) They don't get published.

5. What is the main attitude that writers have today?
(a) To be published in the New Yorker.
(b) To write well, regardless of whether it is fiction or nonfiction.
(c) To write modern literature and be the next best author.
(d) To write literature, the way it was defined before WWII.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the main thing readers think when starting an article?

2. Who is rivaling everything that Zissner is saying?

3. What are the two components of the original Roget's Thesaurus?

4. Who do authors please first with their writing?

5. How does a thesaurus help with brainstorming?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the hardest parts of writing about performances?

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

3. Why are interviews so important to an article?

4. Why are rhythm and sound important in writing? What should writers do to improve this aspect of their writing?

5. How is taste involved in writing?

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

7. Do gimmicks usually work in good writing?

8. Why is nonfiction now considered to be literature?

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

10. When can grammar rules be broken?

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