Uil News & Feature Writing 2

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Writing Quizzes & Trivia

The following questions are based on UIL writing materials.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which 5 W & H would you not begin your summary lead with?
    • A. 

      How or What

    • B. 

      What or Why

    • C. 

      Why or How

    • D. 

      When or Where

  • 2. 
    A good summary lead will use the future angle.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Which is the future angle for this summary lead?
    • A. 

      Mike Smith, New Caney teacher, plans on speaking to President Obama.

    • B. 

      Mike Smith teaches history at New Caney High School.

    • C. 

      Mike Smith has been at New Caney High School 20 years.

    • D. 

      Mike Smith is interested in politics.

  • 4. 
    The ____________________ lead is a descriptive first paragraph of a story that avoids using facts.
  • 5. 
    The attribution in this direct quotation is correct. "This is a wonder school," teacher Jim Becka stated. "I plan on staying here until I retire when I am too old to teach school."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The attribution in this direct quotation is correct. "This is a wonder school. I plan on staying here until I retire when I am too old to teach school," teacher Jim Becka said.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    The attribution in this direct quotation is correct. "This is a wonder school," teacher Jim Becka said. "I plan on staying here until I retire when I am too old to teach school."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    The third paragraph of a news story should be a direct quotation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    It is O.K. to have two consecutive direct quotations without a transition (fact).
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    A nut graph is a paragraph that explains what a news story is about.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    The third paragraph of a feature story is where the nut graph appears.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    This is a summary lead. Students walked the halls quietly. The laughter normally found at New Caney high School was absent. It was obvious something had happened in the community.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Where is the nut graph? Paragraph 1: Students walked the halls quietly. The laughter normally found at New Caney high School was absent. It was obvious something had happened in the community. Paragraph 2:  The previous day two students from the school were killed when their vehicle overturned at the intersection of Hwy59 and Community Drive. Paragraph 3: "I feel horrible," freshman Jane Smith said. "I was close friends with both students and cannot imagine what the parents are feeling right now." Paragraph 4: The funeral for the two students will be held tomorrow at Forest Lawn Memorial Funeral Home in New Caney.
    • A. 

      Paragraph 1

    • B. 

      Paragraph 2

    • C. 

      Paragraph 3

    • D. 

      Paragraph 4

  • 14. 
    If this story were rewritten as a hard news story, which fact would be moved to the beginning of the story. Paragraph 1: Students walked the halls quietly. The laughter normally found at New Caney high School was absent. It was obvious something had happened in the community. Paragraph 2:  The previous day two students from the school were killed when their vehicle overturned at the intersection of Hwy59 and Community Drive. Paragraph 3: "I feel horrible," freshman Jane Smith said. "I was close friends with both students and cannot imagine what the parents are feeling right now." Paragraph 4: The funeral for the two students will be held tomorrow at Forest Lawn Memorial Funeral Home in New Caney.
    • A. 

      Nothing

    • B. 

      Information from paragraph 2 would be moved to paragraph 1.

    • C. 

      Information from paragraph 3 would be moved to paragraph 1.

    • D. 

      Information from paragraph 4 would be moved to paragraph 1.

  • 15. 
    Hard news stories are written in which style?
    • A. 

      Inverted Pyramid

    • B. 

      Least important facts first.

    • C. 

      With a creative open.

    • D. 

      None of these.

  • 16. 
    The class journalism textbook says the summary lead (first paragraph) should ____________
    • A. 

      Be creative

    • B. 

      Use a direct quotation

    • C. 

      Be 25 words or less.

    • D. 

      Be 35 words or less.

  • 17. 
    Other than the lead, the structure of a feature story and hard news story are very similar. Both follow the quote-transition-quote-transition format following the lead.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    What type of lead is this? Mike Smith once walked the mosquito-filled jungles of Vietnam with an M-16 hunting down the enemy. Now his weapon is a teacher's manual and he uses it at New Caney High School.
    • A. 

      News

    • B. 

      Feature

    • C. 

      Neither news or feature

    • D. 

      Editorial

  • 19. 
    What is the paragraph order for a feature news story?
    • A. 

      Summary Lead -- Rest of Summary Lead - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact -- Direct quotation

    • B. 

      Direct Quotation - Summary Lead - Direct quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation

    • C. 

      Creative Lead - Nut Graph - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation

    • D. 

      Nut Graph - Creative Lead - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation