On Writing Well Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

William Zinsser
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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 does Zissner say is a common desire of every writer?

2. Why is the English language changing all the time?

3. Does skipping grammar check save a writer time?

4. Why is it important to narrow down a nonfiction piece?

5. What should the lead in the first sentence do for a reader?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unity in writing?

2. Does Zinsser believe it is important for an author's personality to shine through his or her writing?

3. What does the surgeon in Chapter 1 think about writing?

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

5. In what point of view should a writer start writing? Why?

6. Writers are told to study the market before submitting pieces. Why is this advice irrelevant?

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

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

9. What does the craft of writing consist of?

10. What happens to the reader when he or she reads cluttered writing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choosing the right words is a tedious process. How often did you find yourself nitpicking over the right words? Did the exercises in the class help you come to the realization about finding the correct words? What was on aspect of word searching that you found to be fun, or uninteresting?

Essay Topic 2

Rewrite the following sentence into three good leads: The cat jumped onto the fence.

Essay Topic 3

Timing is important in humor writing because the reader should always be surprised. What is another thing to consider when writing humorously? How does humor evolve? Does it evolve?

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