zombie test

A GSI once told me if there is ever any confusion about passive/ active voice use the “by zombies” test. For example, “the legislation was enacted” makes sense if you add “by zombies.” Therefore it is passive voice, whereas ” so and so enacted the legislation” makes much less sense if “by zombies” is added.

One of the re-purpose examples we viewed Tuesday was focused on zombies so I thought I’d mention this ridiculous but sometimes helpful “test.”




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  1. I was just told the same thing in a SM class this past week. I was taken aback when my professor started talking about how much he valued “the zombie test” while writing his dissertation. “I’ll use this test forever!” he proclaimed in his Korean ascent. Now, will I ever forget about “the zombie test” and its purpose in writing? Never.

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