On Writing Well Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

William Zinsser
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the transaction in writing?

2. How does Zinsser approach unusual words?

3. Chapter 3 is about __________.

4. Can good writing be taught?

5. What is the old view of nonfiction?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do writers have a hard time starting at the "true beginning?"

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

3. Why are thesauri so good for brainstorming?

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

5. Who does Zinsser say are the worst writers guilty of clutter?

6. What do all good writers do when it comes to improving?

7. Why is it important for writers to maintain unity throughout a piece? Three things are vitally important.

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

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

10. What does Zinsser make of this distinction of fiction versus nonfiction in the literary world?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Do you believe that everyone can write well as Zinsser mentions? Or do you think that a writer must have a natural gift for the written word? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Rewrite the following sentence into an ending sentence and the first sentence in the following paragraph: The car drove off the cliff. Make it compelling. Make the reader want to keep on reading.

Ex: Ending Sentence: The car sped off the cliff. First sentence next paragraph: They all survived.

Essay Topic 3

Zinsser says that writers should write from their subconscious to let everything flow, then go back and hammer out all the gritty details. How often do you take this approach? Do you agree with it? Why or why not?

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