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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 was the best advice Zinsser ever received about having opinions in writing?
(a) It was to argue both sides of a story.
(b) Take a stand and stick to it. One should never "go peeing down both legs."
(c) To always second guess an argument and make a pro and con list.
(d) To never second guess a story.

2. Cliche words should be avoided at all costs. What else should be avoided?
(a) Assuming the writer has already been to a place.
(b) Overly describing a single place.
(c) Not describing a place enough.
(d) Cliched details.

3. What do writers focus on most?
(a) Their audience.
(b) The writing process.
(c) Their editors.
(d) The final product.

4. Why do structured classes miss the point of teaching good writing?
(a) They focus less on talent and more on getting good grades.
(b) They focus more on talent and less on grades.
(c) They focus more on the final product than the writing process.
(d) They focus more on the writing process than the final product.

5. Where does a writer need to start to get his or her voice discovered?
(a) Go to a literary agent and ask how to get their voice out.
(b) Sign up for a talent search.
(c) A writer needs to emulate other writers and see how they utlilize their voices in their writing.
(d) Read stories aloud at poetry clubs or book clubs.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Do readers generally like knowing about athletes' personal lives?

3. What happens when writers do not stick to proper grammar rules?

4. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?

5. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?

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