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

2. Why is jargon, or corporate speak, so prevalent in business writing?
(a) It is the industry standard.
(b) It is prevalent because subordinates think that the executives want jargon-filled writing in order to sound more professional.
(c) There is a lack of writing skills learned in college because all the focus is on business.
(d) People lose their ability to write when they take a job since they stop writing.

3. Is sports writing different from any other form of good writing?
(a) Yes, it isn't as important.
(b) Yes, it isn't as comprehensive.
(c) No, it is just as good as other writing.
(d) No, good writing is good writing.

4. What happens when writers do not stick to proper grammar rules?
(a) It makes readers believe that all writing is bad, and they won't ever read again.
(b) It creates more bad writers.
(c) It makes readers mad.
(d) It distracts the readers and show conempt for the language.

5. Where did Zinsser learn how to write?
(a) From reading the New York Herald.
(b) He taught himself.
(c) He learned while he was deployed during WWII.
(d) From reading good books.

Short Answer Questions

1. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?

2. What does Zinsser think about this misconception?

3. What occurs when business writing is bad?

4. What is the best way to add humor into writing?

5. What is the biggest fear that nonfiction writers have?

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