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. What is a second approach Zinsser recommends that complements the first approach mentioned?

2. What was the best advice Zinsser ever received about having opinions in writing?

3. Why doesn't Zinsser teach people how to get published?

4. What is a major problem with humorous writing?

5. What freedom does he give his students?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a strategy to making sure the above choices fit?

3. What tense do business writer stend to use that hurts their writing?

4. Why does a writer's fear of new subjects keep him from taking original and interesting projects?

5. Should sports writers add their opinions in sports articles?

6. Why are Americans scared to write about themselves?

7. Why should exact details be avoided in memoirs? What approach should writers take instead?

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

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

10. What needs to be described in a travel article?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Rewrite the following sentence into three good leads: The cat jumped onto the fence.

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