On Writing Well Test | Final 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. Where did Zinsser learn how to write?

2. What do writers focus on most?

3. What is a general rule for writing about sports?

4. What problem does a scientist have when writing about science?

5. What does Zinsser throw away in his writing classes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Zinsser blame when it comes to focusing on the final prize instead of the work of an article?

2. Why is there an attitude that certain people are only meant to learn certain subjects and skills like writing or science?

3. Why do writers need to develop their own voice? How does writing compare to other art forms?

4. What is a good way to learn how to write with humor? How much humor should be used?

5. Why should writers forget about the final product when they are writing?

6. How does Zinsser react when editors want to change too much of his work?

7. What is a major pitfall of sports writers?

8. What are some of the hardest parts of writing about performances?

9. Why is humor the most powerful tool for a nonfiction writer?

10. Why do critics need to be well versed in the art they are writing about?

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

What is clutter within an article and how does Zinsser suggest writers cut it out? Are there times when clutter would be a good think to have within a sentence or paragraph? Was it hard for you to recognize clutter within your own writing?

Essay Topic 3

Do you believe that everyone can write well as Zinsser mentions? Or do you think that a writer must have a natural gift for the written word? Explain.

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