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 do writers focus on most?

2. What should writers focus on the most?

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

4. Why do writers need to stick to rules?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Writing as well as you can is hard. What has been the hardest part about writing as well as you could for this class? Was it the editing? The bracketing? Hearing your peers responses or responding to your peers? Evaluate your experience in the class and explain whether it was positive or negative.

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

Rewrite the following sentence into an ending sentence and the first sentence in the following paragraph: The car drove off the cliff. Make it compelling. Make the reader want to keep on reading.

Ex: Ending Sentence: The car sped off the cliff. First sentence next paragraph: They all survived.

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