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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. How does a thesaurus help with brainstorming?
2. What are the best aspects of a good story?
3. Why do journalists need to perfect uncluttered writing?
4. What happens when a product of writing is never read?
5. When does the writing start for a nonfiction article?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what point of view should a writer start writing? Why?
2. Why does Zinsser avoid using journalism as a model for good writers?
3. What are some examples of bad writing that has to be read?
4. Why does Zinsser use brackets on students' papers?
5. What becomes of a finished article that nobody reads?
6. Why is nonfiction now considered to be literature?
7. Why is it important for writers to maintain unity throughout a piece? Three things are vitally important.
8. When is it acceptable for a new word to enter the English languages American Heritage Dictionary? Can you give an example?
9. What is unity in writing?
10. Who does Zinsser say are the worst writers guilty of clutter?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
What was your definition of literature before reading this book? Has it changed or is it the same? Explain why or why not.
Essay Topic 3
What do you think about Zinsser's point of view on the audience? Who does he feel is more important? Do you agree that a writer should ignore their potential audience and focus solely on pleasing themselves first? Why or why not?
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