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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 attitude should writers embrace towards their editors?
(a) Don't worry about pleasing them initially.
(b) Worry only about the editor in order to get published.
(c) Don't worry about the editor because you should please your audience first.
(d) Worry about the editor and the readers. They will buy and sell your books.

2. 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 find shortcuts.
(d) To take the long route to everything.

3. How does a writer become better at his craft?
(a) By taking initiative to improve every day.
(b) By reading everything.
(c) By avoiding trashy novels.
(d) By taking a writing class.

4. When should a writer choose the point of view in a piece of writing?
(a) THe point of view should be determined once the writing is finished and ready for editing.
(b) A writer should determine the point of view before writing a new piece.
(c) The point of view can be determined after the writer figures out who will be the main character.
(d) It doesn't matter when the point of view is established.

5. What does the etymology of words mean?
(a) The written scripts.
(b) The biology of words.
(c) The history of words.
(d) The sound of words.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zissner believe authors are fearful of in their writing?

2. How many people are in the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel?

3. What ability do great authors have?

4. Why do Americans have trouble writing?

5. Does skipping grammar check save a writer time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is nonfiction now considered to be literature?

2. Do gimmicks usually work in good writing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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