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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 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 distracts the readers and show conempt for the language.
(c) It creates more bad writers.
(d) It makes readers mad.

2. How is humor used in writing nonfiction?
(a) It is used to practice jokes for stand up comedians.
(b) It is used to bring out points that cannot be made in a straight forward manner.
(c) It is used to make fun of people without them every knowing.
(d) It is never used. Nonfiction should always be serious.

3. What is a good way to edit a long story?
(a) Take a break and read it with fresh eyes.
(b) Have someone else read it aloud.
(c) Read it backwards.
(d) Break it into sections to make it more manageable.

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

5. How does Zinsser create his final products?
(a) He pawns them off to his editor which sends his writing back with red squiggles.
(b) He takes a week to read over his writing with fresh eyes.
(c) He spends hours finding the right words, best rhythms, and makes sure every sentence leads into another.
(d) He usually knows his writing is good, so he just gives everything a once over and he is done.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a memoir?

2. What is a general rule for writing about sports?

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

4. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?

5. What is an example of American television shows that use humor to talk about serious issues?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Zinsser think that scientists can write?

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

3. Why do critics need to be well versed in the art they are writing about?

4. What is a major pitfall of sports writers?

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

6. Why is there an attitude that certain people are only meant to learn certain subjects and skills like writing or science?

7. Why should writers forget about the final product when they are writing?

8. What are some of the hardest parts of writing about performances?

9. What tense do business writer stend to use that hurts their writing?

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

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