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. How much research does Zinsser recommend for an article?

2. Why do journalists need to perfect uncluttered writing?

3. Why doesn't Zissner provide examples of these writers he admires?

4. How can uncluttered writing help fiction?

5. What does Zissner think of gimmicky writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the real audience in a piece of writing?

2. What does the craft of writing consist of?

3. When can some writers break grammar rules?

4. What are Zinsser's thoughts on the writing profession?

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

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

7. Do gimmicks usually work in good writing?

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

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

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

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

What are some interview questions that must always be asked? What should a writer know before going into an interview? Should a writer go in with extensive research on a subject, or just show up with minimal knowledge and learn it all from a pro? Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

Writing as well as you can is hard. What has been the hardest part about writing as well as you could for this class? Was it the editing? The bracketing? Hearing your peers responses or responding to your peers? Evaluate your experience in the class and explain whether it was positive or negative.

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