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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 should writers focus on the most?
(a) Their audience.
(b) Their editors.
(c) The writing process.
(d) The final product.

2. 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 brings back bad memories that the person tried to forget.
(c) It forces them to talk to distant relatives they hate.
(d) Nothing but write about everything he or she thinks about daily.

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

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

5. Cliche words should be avoided at all costs. What else should be avoided?
(a) Cliched details.
(b) Not describing a place enough.
(c) Assuming the writer has already been to a place.
(d) Overly describing a single place.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zinsser throw away in his writing classes?

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

3. How much information should a writer provide to his or her readers?

4. What do people forget about writing?

5. Why do writers need to stick to rules?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does he recommend this level of pride to other writers?

2. Why do writers need to develop their own voice? How does writing compare to other art forms?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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