On Writing Well Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

William Zinsser
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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What should writers focus on when writing travel pieces?

2. Where did Zinsser learn how to write?

3. What do people forget about writing?

4. Writers should always look for ________________.

5. His article was supposed to be about his impressions of salt caravans, why didn't he write more about this?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Timing is important in humor writing because the reader should always be surprised. What is another thing to consider when writing humorously? How does humor evolve? Does it evolve?

Essay Topic 2

Zinsser says that writers should write from their subconscious to let everything flow, then go back and hammer out all the gritty details. How often do you take this approach? Do you agree with it? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What do you think about Zinsser's attitude towards writing, especially in terms of his reaction to the doctor that loves to write at the beginning of the book? At times it feels as though he is all business and no fun. Do you find writing a chore or a pleasure?

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