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

2. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?
(a) Very little. Readers need to be left in the dark so they can go see a show on their own.
(b) Everything about the show that he or she felt was worthwhile.
(c) Only dates and times of the show with a thumbs up or down.
(d) Enought to make a show worth seeing, without spoiling it for the readers and viewers.

3. What is a misconception about writers and scientists?
(a) Writers are more creative that scientists.
(b) Writers are better than scientists.
(c) It is that writers cannot do science and scientists cannot write.
(d) Scientists are smarter than writers.

4. What is a major problem with humorous writing?
(a) It gets dated, and what is funny in 1980 will not be funny in 2080.
(b) It can never be taken seriously.
(c) Sarcasm does not come out in writing.
(d) It is too hard to be funny in writing and takes a gifted person.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Writers should always look for ________________.

2. How does Zinsser end his travel article that he wrote about Timbuktu?

3. Why is jargon, or corporate speak, so prevalent in business writing?

4. What problem does a scientist have when writing about science?

5. Do writers need to write all the time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does a writer's fear of new subjects keep him from taking original and interesting projects?

2. Why is bad to fall into cliches when travel writing?

3. Does Zinsser think that scientists can write?

4. How is taste involved in writing?

5. Who does Zinsser blame when it comes to focusing on the final prize instead of the work of an article?

6. Does he recommend this level of pride to other writers?

7. Why should exact details be avoided in memoirs? What approach should writers take instead?

8. Should sports writers add their opinions in sports articles?

9. How does Zinsser feel about writing when a writer doesn't want to? Why do writers have this luxury?

10. What is a strategy to making sure the above choices fit?

(see the answer keys)

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