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

2. What did his parents teach him that made him a fantastic writer?
(a) His mother taught him to spell, and his father taught him to write.
(b) His mother instilled in him a love and respect for good writing, and his father taught him to have a strong work ethic.
(c) His mother was a writer and went to career day at his school.
(d) HIs father took him to a field trip to a newspaper office.

3. What do sports writers forget to do when writing about sports for so long?
(a) They forget to research the athletes personal lives.
(b) They forget who their readers are and what they are writing about.
(c) They get into the lives of their athletes in too much depth.
(d) They use too many stats and not enough writing.

4. His article was supposed to be about his impressions of salt caravans, why didn't he write more about this?
(a) Salt caravans are general knowledge and he didn't want to sound cliche.
(b) He was bored with the caravans, and would have bored his readers since he cannot fake his voice.
(c) He never saw the salt caravans, and this was the humor in his article.
(d) He wasn't paying attention to the salt caravans.

5. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?
(a) In a capitalistic world, there is always competition and good writing reduces it.
(b) To appeal to educators.
(c) To get more clients to understand their terms.
(d) To produce more writing jobs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does this misconception exist?

2. Where did Zinsser learn how to write?

3. What is the danger of overusing humor in writing?

4. What does Zinsser throw away in his writing classes?

5. Why do structured classes miss the point of teaching good writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What needs to be described in a travel article?

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

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

4. Why do writers need to develop their own voice? How does writing compare to other art forms?

5. Why is humor the most powerful tool for a nonfiction writer?

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

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

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

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

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

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