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William Zinsser
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the advantage of a writer writing his or her own memoir?
(a) They are lax and impersonal.
(b) The writer does not have to pay attention to basic grammar rules.
(c) The writer does not have to do any interviews.
(d) The main subject is already known.

2. What is the best way to learn to write with humor?
(a) Read other humorous writing and emulate those styles.
(b) Go to comedy shows.
(c) Practice saying funny things aloud to friends and family.
(d) Hang out with funny people.

3. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?
(a) No, that should be left up to the audience.
(b) Absolutely. They have the power to make or break a show.
(c) Yes, but they should mind their wording to not offend those in the show.
(d) Opinions should always be left out of writing.

4. How are writers like painters?
(a) Painters start with models and then learn to create in they own way. Writers use formulas then find their own voice.
(b) They both have the freedom of creativity with no rules that bind them.
(c) Writers and painters will destory their work if it is not to their expectations.
(d) Writing isn't like painting at all. Neither has anything in common with the other.

5. Do writers need to write all the time?
(a) Yes, because writers are always able to write.
(b) Yes, even if they have to force it out.
(c) No, if they are not in the mood, it will come out in their writing.
(d) No, writers should only write when they are in the zone.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do criticism writers have to be at a higher level than other writers?

2. Why does this misconception exist?

3. Should a writer use different voices for different types of writing?

4. Where is there an opportunity for great creative writing?

5. What freedom does he give his students?

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