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

What are some industries that use corporate-speak or jargon in the majority of their writing? Why have these industries continued to use the same type of terrible writing? What can a person in the industry do to change this? Why would they be scared to change the status quo?

Essay Topic 2

Change the rhythm of the following two sentences to a more accurate rhythm based on the words:

They walked slowly. The cars zoomed past them in an endless glow of white and red lights as they elongated their glides.

Answer: The first sentence should be elongated to give a slow pace to the sentence. The second sentence should be short and crisp. The words can be exchanged between sentences.

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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