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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 a major problem of business writing?
(a) Not using proper wording to appeal to the business world.
(b) Using long sentences.
(c) Using jargon that only other business people can understand.
(d) Using graphs and not labeling them.

2. Why doesn't Zinsser teach people how to get published?
(a) Because he doesn't really know what editors want.
(b) He does not want any competition.
(c) Because he doesn't know how to get people published.
(d) He wants people to learn that themselves as part of a growing experience.

3. Should a writer use different voices for different types of writing?
(a) Yes. Different situations call for different voices and types of writing.
(b) No, a reader should always stick to his or her voice. No matter what.
(c) No, a writer cannot use the same voice when writing about politics and jazz.
(d) No, it will make it seem like the writer has a personality disorder.

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

5. Is sports writing different from any other form of good writing?
(a) Yes, it isn't as comprehensive.
(b) No, good writing is good writing.
(c) Yes, it isn't as important.
(d) No, it is just as good as other writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the best way to learn to write with humor?

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

3. What stops Americans from writing memoirs?

4. What does Zinsser think about writing memoirs?

5. Why do writers need to stick to rules?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 is humor the most powerful tool for a nonfiction writer?

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

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

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

8. How is taste involved in writing?

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

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

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