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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 is the problem with freelance writers and editors today?
(a) Editors are not as good as writers.
(b) Writers never listen to their editors.
(c) Writers are pushovers and let their work become ruined.
(d) Editors treat freelance writers like hired help.

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

3. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do people need to understand about science?

2. What did his parents teach him that made him a fantastic writer?

3. How does Zinsser gain an edge over his competition?

4. What is different about every writer's voice?

5. What does Zinsser think about writing memoirs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is corporate speak the norm in business writing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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