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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is a requirement for good literary criticism?
2. What is an example of American television shows that use humor to talk about serious issues?
3. Did Zinsser always want to write?
4. How is humor used in writing nonfiction?
5. Do writers need to write all the time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What do you think about Zinsser's point of view on the audience? Who does he feel is more important? Do you agree that a writer should ignore their potential audience and focus solely on pleasing themselves first? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 1,016 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)