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. Why should companies learn to produce better writing?

2. Where is there an opportunity for great creative writing?

3. What should writers focus on the most?

4. Do criticism writers need to take a stance on a show?

5. What occurs when business writing is bad?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is bad to fall into cliches when travel writing?

2. Does Zinsser think that scientists can write?

3. Does he recommend this level of pride to other writers?

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

5. Why is corporate speak the norm in business writing?

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

7. Why are Americans scared to write about themselves?

8. Explain some of the choices that writers have to take when editing?

9. How does Zinsser feel about writing when a writer doesn't want to? Why do writers have this luxury?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are ways that politicians can better their speech writing style? What are some common political cliches you have heard recently? What is it about cliches that tend to always make it into speeches? Touch on human emotion with your response.

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

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.

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