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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 second approach Zinsser recommends that complements the first approach mentioned?
(a) Never reading other travel pieces, because this adds to cliched writing.
(b) Going outside and finding out how a place impacts others.
(c) Writing only in the first person, then deciding on a tense later.
(d) Going within people's homes and seeing what they feel about foreigners.

2. How are writers like painters?
(a) Writing isn't like painting at all. Neither has anything in common with the other.
(b) They both have the freedom of creativity with no rules that bind them.
(c) Painters start with models and then learn to create in they own way. Writers use formulas then find their own voice.
(d) Writers and painters will destory their work if it is not to their expectations.

3. Does Zinsser ever use humor in his writing?
(a) Yes, he uses it to humanize his writing and add his own personal voice.
(b) No, he is not a funny guy.
(c) Never, he is against humorous writing.
(d) Sometimes, but only when he knows it will be perceived as funny.

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

5. Why do criticism writers have to be at a higher level than other writers?
(a) Criticism is harder to write about because it tends to be less attractive than other writing.
(b) Only those able to understand the arts can write about them, and very little people can.
(c) Criticism need to be stronger at literary elements because they need to recreate a scene or a song in the imagination of their readers with words only.
(d) Criticism writers are no different. They still need to use the same basic rules of writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Do writers need to write all the time?

2. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?

3. What did he love about the New York Herald?

4. Does ZInsser give in to his editor's changes?

5. What was the best advice Zinsser ever received about having opinions in writing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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