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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. Can good writing be taught?
2. What is the problem with American writing?
3. Where should the writer find his or her words?
4. How rigid are the lines between proper and improper English usage?
5. What happens when a writer writes in unclear ways?
Short Essay Questions
1. When can grammar rules be broken?
2. How do you know when an article is a failure?
3. Why are writers fearful to insert their own opinions, ideas, and judgments in their own writing?
4. What is unity in writing?
5. Why does Zinsser use brackets on students' papers?
6. What happens to the reader when he or she reads cluttered writing?
7. What political period was the worst as far as bad writing?
8. Does Zinsser believe it is important for an author's personality to shine through his or her writing?
9. Who does Zinsser say are the worst writers guilty of clutter?
10. Why are interviews so important to an article?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
How have you heard the Eiffel Tower described? Regardless of whether you've seen it or not, describe it a different way, positive or negative. Avoid cliches.
Essay Topic 3
When choosing a style of writing, what do you look for first? Do you think about the tone you want to have, the overall feel of the article, the way you want the reader to receive the article? Explain your thought process on approaching style.
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