Author's Purpose For Writing Quiz

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Read each paragraph and then decide the author's purpose for writing: to entertain, to inform, or to persuade.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The group turned down yet another hall that opened into a jungle-like area with flowers and small trees and sunshine that filtered through skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 2. 
    Kids at Morning Star Elementary School, in Bozeman, Montana, turned ideas into actions. Their fifth-grade class raised money for the Red Cross and Haiti. They collected more than $1,100.
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 3. 
    I don't think that students should be paid for good grades. Students should just want to get good grades. It's also not fair to kids who work hard but don't always get good grades on tests.
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 4. 
    On Tuesday, scientists announced that they have identified the fossil remains of the smallest dinosaur ever to roam North America. The bones were discovered 30 years ago in Colorado.
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 5. 
    In naval aviation, the AWACS (Airborne Early Warning Command and Control System) plane, or Hawkeye, serves as an air traffic controller, monitoring the airspace around a carrier fleet. It is responsible for surveillance of enemy aircraft and ships as well as directing helicopters to survivors and guarding against air collisions. In addition to servicing the Navy, Hawkeye planes have been used in rescue operations of civilians during hurricane evacuations.
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 6. 
    Alonzo winked at his mother's shocked gaze and with a grin quipped, "Sausage and pepperoni pizza for breakfast makes perfect sense. Allow me to demonstrate. You have your tomato. Tomato is technically a fruit. You have your cheese. Cheese is a dairy product. You have your crust—necessary carbs for quick energy in the morning. And don't forget the sausage and pepperoni—my protein. If you think about it, it's just like bacon and eggs, toast, and orange juice." Still grinning, he added, "Really it is. Well, almost. Why are you looking at me that way?"
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 7. 
    Tobacco companies should be forced to pay lucrative settlements to anyone who has become addicted or adversely affected by the use of their products. Anyone who has a loved one who has succumbed to the temptation to use cigarettes can attest to the way the product can swallow souls as well as consumers' wallets. The clinical evidence of the devastation created by secondhand smoke is compelling enough for legislators to consider legal action against the powerful corporations. Unfortunately, tobacco companies have traditionally provided strong financial support for many political candidates. Write your congressional representative and express your outrage!
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 8. 
    Circadian rhythms have fascinated scientists for many years. Recognizing that the eye nerves translate information to the brain about the time of day, scientists observe that we adapt to the conditions around us. Also, these researchers have recently discovered that not everyone is alike. For example, teenagers are nocturnal. That is, they are more active at night but do not function as well early in the morning.
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 9. 
    Game night at our house was hilarious when we played Cranium with two teams of three. Imagine Abram, the savvy surfer, doing an impression of Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday." Or Dave, the macho bodybuilder, swinging his hips and singing a medley of Madonna's songs. But the most memorable was George's Cranium Doodle hint for the architectural term "flying buttress." It was, well, side-splittingly outrageous!
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

  • 10. 
    If you are interested in sharing your ideas with like-minded people who can comment on your writing, you may want to try blogging. Blogging is short for "Web logging," logging on to a Web site where you can upload your writing and ask other "bloggers" to post their comments.
    • A. 

      To entertain

    • B. 

      To inform

    • C. 

      To persuade

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