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 the danger of overusing humor in writing?

2. What does Zinsser make sure his paragraphs do?

3. What is a major problem of business writing?

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

5. What does the process of memoir writing do for a writer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who does Zinsser blame when it comes to focusing on the final prize instead of the work of an article?

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

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

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

10. What is a major pitfall of sports writers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some industries that use corporate-speak or jargon in the majority of their writing? Why have these industries continued to use the same type of terrible writing? What can a person in the industry do to change this? Why would they be scared to change the status quo?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What is the bracket method? Do you find this method useful? Compare it to crossing out.

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