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

2. What is a memoir?
(a) They are fiction peices about real people.
(b) They can be about any life experience.
(c) They are stories about immigrants.
(d) They are books about other people written by ghostwriters.

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

4. What is the advantage of a writer writing his or her own memoir?
(a) The writer does not have to do any interviews.
(b) The writer does not have to pay attention to basic grammar rules.
(c) They are lax and impersonal.
(d) The main subject is already known.

5. What approach to a place should writers take?
(a) To go around asking the locals questions.
(b) Reading other travel pieces and compare them.
(c) Just writing ambiguously.
(d) To go within a place and see how it impacts the writer.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Zinsser end his travel article that he wrote about Timbuktu?

3. What do sports writers forget to do when writing about sports for so long?

4. Cliche words should be avoided at all costs. What else should be avoided?

5. What happens when writers do not stick to proper grammar rules?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

8. How is taste involved in writing?

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

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

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