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

2. Do readers generally like knowing about athletes' personal lives?
(a) Only when it pertains to athletes' outlooks on the sport.
(b) No, they just want to see the athletes play their game.
(c) Yes, they want all the information out there.
(d) Either way, it doesn't really matter.

3. What is the best way to learn to write with humor?
(a) Go to comedy shows.
(b) Practice saying funny things aloud to friends and family.
(c) Hang out with funny people.
(d) Read other humorous writing and emulate those styles.

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. Why do writers need to stick to rules?
(a) To impress their teachers with their adherance to rules.
(b) To get a copy past their editors on time.
(c) Writers need to stick to rules because readers expect them to.
(d) In order to get taken seriously and get picked up by an agent.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does this misconception exist?

2. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?

3. What advice does Zinsser have for all writers?

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

5. What is the advantage of a writer writing his or her own memoir?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is taste involved in writing?

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

5. What is a major pitfall of sports writers?

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

7. Explain some of the choices that writers have to take when editing?

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

9. Why are Americans scared to write about themselves?

10. Does Zinsser think that scientists can write?

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