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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. Why is jargon, or corporate speak, so prevalent in business writing?
(a) People lose their ability to write when they take a job since they stop writing.
(b) It is prevalent because subordinates think that the executives want jargon-filled writing in order to sound more professional.
(c) There is a lack of writing skills learned in college because all the focus is on business.
(d) It is the industry standard.

2. 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.

3. What does the process of memoir writing do for a writer?
(a) It brings up related memories that were pushed into the subconsious.
(b) It forces them to talk to distant relatives they hate.
(c) Nothing but write about everything he or she thinks about daily.
(d) It brings back bad memories that the person tried to forget.

4. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?
(a) Knowing the subject that the writer wants to write about.
(b) Having a comparitive literature degress.
(c) Frequenting the theatre often.
(d) Subscribing to arts magazines.

5. What is different about every writer's voice?
(a) The characters that writers speak through.
(b) Everything. Every writer has a unique voice that needs to be discovered.
(c) The tenses taht a writer chooses.
(d) The sounds of a writers voice when speaking.

Short Answer Questions

1. What freedom does he give his students?

2. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?

3. What occurs when business writing is bad?

4. What is the problem with freelance writers and editors today?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a good way to learn how to write with humor? How much humor should be used?

2. Does Zinsser think that scientists can write?

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

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

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

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

7. Why are Americans scared to write about themselves?

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

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

10. How does Zinsser react when editors want to change too much of his work?

(see the answer keys)

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