Speech 103 Final Exam

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  • 1. 
    People with sound public speaking skills are better equipped to excel in their:
    • A. 

      Careers

    • B. 

      Communities

    • C. 

      Schools

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 2. 
    Who first formally taught rhetoric as a subject?
    • A. 

      Africans

    • B. 

      Ancient Greeks

    • C. 

      Chinese

    • D. 

      Native Americans

    • E. 

      Romans


  • 3. 
    People who are critical thinkers do which of the following?
    • A. 

      Act on emotion

    • B. 

      Evaluate reasoning

    • C. 

      Ignore outside opinions

    • D. 

      Judge immediately

    • E. 

      Rely on assumptions


  • 4. 
    To be effective, the topic of a speech should be which of the following?
    • A. 

      Appealing to the audience

    • B. 

      Common in the mainstream media

    • C. 

      Interesting only to the speaker

    • D. 

      Potentially sensitive to some listeners

    • E. 

      Wide ranging and highly technical


  • 5. 
    The primary goal of a presentation is called the:
    • A. 

      Classical element

    • B. 

      Defining delivery

    • C. 

      Persuasion point

    • D. 

      Rhetorical purpose

    • E. 

      Subjective approach


  • 6. 
    Speakers who raise and lower their voices during their speeches practice which of the following key elements of speech giving?
    • A. 

      Content

    • B. 

      Delivery

    • C. 

      Focus

    • D. 

      Length

    • E. 

      Memory


  • 7. 
    Because ethics can vary across societies, they are considered:
    • A. 

      Adaptable by speaker

    • B. 

      Culturally relative

    • C. 

      Hasty generalizations

    • D. 

      Plagiarism material

    • E. 

      Post hoc fallacies


  • 8. 
    What is the most basic ethical guideline for public speaking?
    • A. 

      Allow no questions from people who disagree.

    • B. 

      Follow only legal guidelines.

    • C. 

      Interpret the truth as needed.

    • D. 

      Take no responsibility for the audience's well-being.

    • E. 

      Tell the audience the truth.


  • 9. 
    A speaker who reads a quote word for word without crediting the author commits:
    • A. 

      Attribution

    • B. 

      Bandwagoning

    • C. 

      Citation

    • D. 

      Plagiarism

    • E. 

      Quoting


  • 10. 
    During a presentation, an effective listener would probably do which of the following?
    • A. 

      Argue with the speaker

    • B. 

      Send text messages

    • C. 

      Sit motionless until the end

    • D. 

      Take notes to prompt recall

    • E. 

      Whisper with other audience members


  • 11. 
    Which of the following is an example of internal noise?
    • A. 

      Beeping fire alarm

    • B. 

      Blinking projector light

    • C. 

      Classroom conversation

    • D. 

      Ringing cell phone

    • E. 

      Worry about an exam


  • 12. 
    All of the following are demographic characteristics except:
    • A. 

      Age

    • B. 

      Body clock

    • C. 

      Education

    • D. 

      Gender

    • E. 

      Religion


  • 13. 
    Speakers and audiences who share beliefs, values, and experiences are said to have:
    • A. 

      Common ground

    • B. 

      Demographics

    • C. 

      Fixed responses

    • D. 

      Situational analysis

    • E. 

      Sympathy


  • 14. 
    When speakers capture all ideas that come to mind without evaluating any, they practice:
    • A. 

      Brainstorming

    • B. 

      Informing

    • C. 

      Marking

    • D. 

      Mind mapping

    • E. 

      Word association


  • 15. 
    In general, successful speakers do which of the following?
    • A. 

      Delay topic selection

    • B. 

      Focus on multiple topics

    • C. 

      Randomly select speech content

    • D. 

      Select and stay with topics

    • E. 

      Write many rhetorical purposes


  • 16. 
    A speaker who convinces listeners to begin composting as an environmental effort qualifies as:
    • A. 

      Amusing

    • B. 

      Experienced

    • C. 

      Flexible

    • D. 

      Hostile

    • E. 

      Persuasive


  • 17. 
    Of the characteristics for evaluating sources' credibility, which requires a lack of bias?
    • A. 

      Experience

    • B. 

      Expertise

    • C. 

      Objectivity

    • D. 

      Observational capacity

    • E. 

      Recency


  • 18. 
    All of the following are considered reference works except:
    • A. 

      Atlases

    • B. 

      Dictionaries

    • C. 

      Encyclopedias

    • D. 

      Magazines

    • E. 

      Yearbooks


  • 19. 
    Speakers who take the time to define new terms and provide examples in their presentations use supporting materials primarily to:
    • A. 

      Build listener interest

    • B. 

      Enhance audience understanding

    • C. 

      Entertain audience members

    • D. 

      Evoke listeners' emotions

    • E. 

      Win audience agreement


  • 20. 
    In a speech, expert testimony is designed primarily to:
    • A. 

      Build listener interest

    • B. 

      Enhance audience understanding

    • C. 

      Entertain audience members

    • D. 

      Evoke listeners' emotions

    • E. 

      Win audience buy-in of claims


  • 21. 
    “The cost of horse feed rose 2 percent between 1990 and 2000” is an example of a(n):
    • A. 

      Definition

    • B. 

      Example

    • C. 

      Narrative

    • D. 

      Statistic

    • E. 

      Testimony


  • 22. 
    Organization is particularly important in oral communication as opposed to written communication because:
    • A. 

      Listeners cannot review material when confused

    • B. 

      Organization only works with spoken words

    • C. 

      People tend to prefer a freeform writing style

    • D. 

      Structure must be heard and not viewed

    • E. 

      Written communication is generally simpler


  • 23. 
    In a well-organized speech, every main point relates to the:
    • A. 

      Audience's preferences

    • B. 

      Listeners' counterarguments

    • C. 

      Presentation's audiovisual aids

    • D. 

      Speaker's personal experience

    • E. 

      Speech's specific purpose


  • 24. 
    To explain why gas prices have risen in recent months, a speaker should adopt which of the following speech organization patterns?
    • A. 

      Causal

    • B. 

      Comparison

    • C. 

      Narrative

    • D. 

      Spatial

    • E. 

      Temporal


  • 25. 
    Effective public speakers gain audience confidence and establish credibility by doing which of the following?
    • A. 

      Establishing common ground

    • B. 

      Exaggerating accomplishments

    • C. 

      Providing numerous statistics

    • D. 

      Revising the facts of real stories

    • E. 

      Telling culturally based jokes


  • 26. 
    A rhetorical question is one that is:
    • A. 

      Answered silently in one's mind

    • B. 

      General to avoid controversy

    • C. 

      Reviewed after a speech has ended

    • D. 

      Spoken in review of a speech

    • E. 

      Taken in context of the audience's concerns


  • 27. 
    Once speakers have captured the audience's attention in a speech introduction, what should they do?
    • A. 

      Inject humor to distract listeners

    • B. 

      Introduce new topics

    • C. 

      Recite a popular quotation

    • D. 

      Review the introduction

    • E. 

      Signal the thesis


  • 28. 
    The real substance or “meat” of a presentation appears in the presentation's:
    • A. 

      Attributions

    • B. 

      Bibliography

    • C. 

      Body

    • D. 

      Introduction

    • E. 

      Transitions


  • 29. 
    When the body of a speech is outlined properly, each main point has a minimum of how many subpoints?
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

    • D. 

      Four

    • E. 

      Five


  • 30. 
    In public speaking situations, extemporaneous delivery gets the best results with audiences because it:
    • A. 

      Casts the speaker as reassured and natural

    • B. 

      Demands the audience to participate

    • C. 

      Forces the speaker to follow a script

    • D. 

      Imposes structure on the speaker's delivery

    • E. 

      Inspires the audience to take notes


  • 31. 
    All of the following are true of language and word choice in public speaking except:
    • A. 

      Abstract language provides the most powerful spoken words

    • B. 

      Jargon and slang can confuse listeners when undefined

    • C. 

      Language choice reflects a speaker's ethos or credibility

    • D. 

      Technical terms can jeopardize audience understanding

    • E. 

      Word choice can inform, inspire, and uplift listeners


  • 32. 
    Which of the following sentences has connotative meaning?
    • A. 

      “Before cars, horses were a form of transportation.”

    • B. 

      “Butterflies tend to be delicate and very colorful.”

    • C. 

      “Diligence is a desired trait in most professions.”

    • D. 

      “Hobbies are generally recognized as stress relievers.”

    • E. 

      “The singer burst onto the country music scene.”


  • 33. 
    Which of the following modes of speech delivery can make a presentation appear prepackaged or stale?
    • A. 

      Extemporaneous

    • B. 

      Freeform

    • C. 

      Impromptu

    • D. 

      Interactive

    • E. 

      Memorization


  • 34. 
    All of the following are elements of nonverbal delivery except:
    • A. 

      Eye contact

    • B. 

      Gestures

    • C. 

      Pausing

    • D. 

      Personal appearance

    • E. 

      Proxemics


  • 35. 
    A speaker who would like to use a small object as an audiovisual aid should do which of the following?
    • A. 

      Accompany the object with music

    • B. 

      Bring the object closer to listeners

    • C. 

      Convert the object to a chart or graph

    • D. 

      Prompt listeners to visualize the object

    • E. 

      Replace the object with an assistant


  • 36. 
    Speakers who look at their audiovisual aids during their presentations are most likely:
    • A. 

      Engaging listeners in their speeches

    • B. 

      Experienced with audiovisual aids

    • C. 

      Focused on audience interaction

    • D. 

      Inexperienced with speaking

    • E. 

      Maintaining appropriate eye contact


  • 37. 
    Informative speeches are intended to do all of the following except:
    • A. 

      Clarify points

    • B. 

      Explain content

    • C. 

      Persuade listeners

    • D. 

      Provide ideas

    • E. 

      Share information


  • 38. 
    All of the following are types of informative speeches topics except:
    • A. 

      Event

    • B. 

      Idea

    • C. 

      Object

    • D. 

      Process

    • E. 

      Sensory


  • 39. 
    Of the patterns for organizing an informative speech, which moves from the beginning to the end by referencing points in time?
    • A. 

      Categorical

    • B. 

      Causal

    • C. 

      Narrative

    • D. 

      Spatial

    • E. 

      Temporal


  • 40. 
    The most effective persuasive speakers answer which of the following questions for the audience?
    • A. 

      “Did you make the aids?”

    • B. 

      “How many of us here?”

    • C. 

      “What's in it for us?”

    • D. 

      “When is the speech's end?”

    • E. 

      “Who is the next speaker?”


  • 41. 
    When persuasive speakers face audiences who already agree with their perspectives, those speakers should try to:
    • A. 

      Change the main points of their presentations

    • B. 

      Convince audience members to bring friends

    • C. 

      Strengthen listeners' commitment to their perspectives

    • D. 

      Take additional time for questions and answers

    • E. 

      Weaken listeners' commitment to their perspectives


  • 42. 
    In persuasive speaking, audience analysis helps a speaker select the right blend of which of the following to make on appeal?
    • A. 

      Credibility

    • B. 

      Emotion

    • C. 

      Logic

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above


  • 43. 
    Speakers who use trustworthy facts to back their claims and clearly show how those facts led to the claims demonstrate which of the following?
    • A. 

      Ethos

    • B. 

      Evidence

    • C. 

      Fallacy

    • D. 

      Logos

    • E. 

      Pathos


  • 44. 
    All of the following are types of reasoning in persuasive speaking except:
    • A. 

      Causal

    • B. 

      Example

    • C. 

      Fallacious

    • D. 

      Inductive

    • E. 

      Reversed


  • 45. 
    Which one of the following types of special-occasion speeches provides context and gives credentials for the main speaker or performer?
    • A. 

      Acceptance

    • B. 

      After-dinner

    • C. 

      Introduction

    • D. 

      Memorial

    • E. 

      Presentation


  • 46. 
    Which of the following types of special-occasion speeches is given when the mayor of a city dies?
    • A. 

      Acceptance

    • B. 

      After-dinner

    • C. 

      Eulogy

    • D. 

      Introduction

    • E. 

      Presentation


  • 47. 
    A speaker would be most likely to express gratitude for an award and acknowledge others' support and contributions for that award during which type of special-occasion speech?
    • A. 

      Acceptance

    • B. 

      After-dinner

    • C. 

      Eulogy

    • D. 

      Memorial

    • E. 

      Presentation


  • 48. 
    Effective group leaders do all of the following except:
    • A. 

      Address procedural needs

    • B. 

      Facilitate group decisions

    • C. 

      Help cultivate groupthink

    • D. 

      Keep members on task

    • E. 

      Model desired behaviors


  • 49. 
    A group member who is trying to manage conflict in a group should do which of the following?
    • A. 

      Allow emotions to erupt

    • B. 

      Focus on disagreements

    • C. 

      Refer to ideas by topic

    • D. 

      Solve disagreements slowly

    • E. 

      Take a self-oriented role take a self-oriented role


  • 50. 
    Which of the following processes is particularly effective when making group decisions?
    • A. 

      Domination

    • B. 

      Groupthink

    • C. 

      Panel discussion

    • D. 

      Reflective thinking

    • E. 

      Withdrawal


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