College Public Speaking Revised

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College Public Speaking Revised

Semester Test


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Public speaking skills will prevent you from entering the public conversation about social concerns.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    The circumstance that calls for public response is known as the rhetorical situation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Effective speaking and effective writing both require a sense of who the audience is.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    The first step in the speechmaking process is
    • A. 

      Conducting research

    • B. 

      Selecting a topic

    • C. 

      Stating the purpose

    • D. 

      Developing main points

  • 5. 
    A speech should be practiced at least how many times?
    • A. 

      Five

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Eight

    • D. 

      Ten

  • 6. 
    What kind of outline is usually brief and contains key words or phrases?
    • A. 

      Working

    • B. 

      Speaking

    • C. 

      Specific

    • D. 

      Operational

  • 7. 
    An effective speech should be organized around _________ main points.
    • A. 

      One or two

    • B. 

      Two or three

    • C. 

      Four or five

    • D. 

      Seven or eight

  • 8. 
    Preparation and practice can help you deliver an effective speech, but cannot help you alleviate public speaking anxiety.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    It is recommended that speakers stand perfectly still behind a podium and do not walk around.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    People with _______ are naturally anxious much of the time, whereas people with ________ will experience nervousness usually only in novel situation.
    • A. 

      High trait anxiety; low trait anxiety

    • B. 

      Moderate trait anxiety; no trait anxiety

    • C. 

      Low trait anxiety; high trait anxiety

    • D. 

      None of the options are correct

  • 11. 
    Overgeneralizations are supported conclusions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Facial expressions do not provide the reliable cues to help people listen better
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Active listeners listen for the speaker's main idea and watch for his or her nonverbal cues.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Slander, or speech that is potentially harmful to an individual's reputation at work or in the community, is illegal.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Paraphrasing alters the form but not the substance of another person's ideas
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    The basic rule for avoiding plagiarism as a public speaker is as follows: 
    • A. 

      Only sources for direct quotations should be acknowledged in oral form.

    • B. 

      Only sources for paraphrases of outside information should be acknowledged in oral form.

    • C. 

      Any sources that require credit in written form should be acknowledged in oral form.

    • D. 

      Even the sources for common knowledge should be acknowledged in oral form.

  • 17. 
    Most people retain what percentage of what they hear immediately after listening?
    • A. 

      25%

    • B. 

      35%

    • C. 

      50%

    • D. 

      75%

  • 18. 
    If the speaker's verbal and nonverbal messages do not correspond, which cues are usually the most honest?
    • A. 

      Verbal

    • B. 

      Nonverbal

    • C. 

      Selective

    • D. 

      Listening echoes

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is a Greek word meaning "character"?
    • A. 

      Ethos

    • B. 

      Logos

    • C. 

      Pathos

    • D. 

      Mythos

  • 20. 
    Construction noise, automobile traffic, slamming doors and poor ventilation are examples of 
    • A. 

      External listening distractions

    • B. 

      Internal listening distractions

    • C. 

      Defensive listening

    • D. 

      Inattentiveness

  • 21. 
    Demographics are the psychological characteristics of a given population.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Speech topics should be relevant to the age interests of an audience
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Speakers should assume their audiences share similar political affiliations.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    Abandoning your convictions in order to appeal to the audience is known as being audience centered.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    The larger the audience, the more likely you are to interact with them.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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