ENG301: Business Communication Trivia Quiz

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ENG301: Business Communication Trivia Quiz - Quiz

There are a lot of channels of communication in the business sector, and it is essential for you to know how to communicate either in a business meeting or environment effectively. Over the past classes, what have you understood about business communication from chapter 1-6 and how to ensure it is effective? Take up the quiz below to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The study of word choice is called

    • A.

      Linguistics

    • B.

      Psychology

    • C.

      Semantics

    • D.

      Rhetoric

    Correct Answer
    C. Semantics
    Explanation
    Semantics is the study of word choice and meaning in language. It examines how words and phrases convey specific meanings and how these meanings can vary in different contexts. Semantics focuses on understanding the relationship between words, their definitions, and the concepts they represent. Linguistics is the broader study of language and its structure, while psychology explores the human mind and behavior. Rhetoric deals with the effective use of language to persuade or influence an audience. Therefore, semantics is the correct answer as it specifically pertains to the study of word choice.

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  • 2. 

    The study of writing and speaking effectively is called ?

    • A.

      Linguistics

    • B.

      Rhetoric

    • C.

      Comprehension

    • D.

      Semantics

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhetoric
    Explanation
    Skilled communicators
    draw on an extensive and complex body of knowledge, including semantics (the study of word
    choice), linguistics (the study of language), rhetoric (the study of writing and speaking effectively),
    psychology, sociology, graphic design, and even computer science.

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  • 3. 

    The study of language is called ?

    • A.

      Linguistics

    • B.

      Sociology

    • C.

      Semantics

    • D.

      Rhetoric

    Correct Answer
    A. Linguistics
    Explanation
    Skilled communicators
    draw on an extensive and complex body of knowledge, including semantics (the study of word
    choice), linguistics (the study of language), rhetoric (the study of writing and speaking effectively),
    psychology, sociology, graphic design, and even computer science.

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  • 4. 

    Writing became more important as a permanent record of communication in which era?

    • A.

      Greek

    • B.

      Medieval and Renaissance

    • C.

      Late 20s

    • D.

      None of above

    Correct Answer
    B. Medieval and Renaissance
    Explanation
    In ancient Greece and Rome, it was necessary to communicate when dealing with matters
    in assemblies and the courts. During the Medieval and Renaissance Periods, the oral tradition progressed.
    As writing became more important as a permanent record of communication, authors and books on written
    communication principles appeared.

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  • 5. 

    "communication process is not a single process or it is not a linear process" which theory describes the above statement.

    • A.

      Social Environment Theory

    • B.

      Rhetorical Theory

    • C.

      Electronic Theory

    • D.

      None of above

    Correct Answer
    C. Electronic Theory
    Explanation
    There is a type of the communication theory which is called rhetorical theory. This provides more dimensions for the communication process to make it clear and understandable. The writer of this theory says that communication process is not a single process or it is not a linear process. It is not like just to send message and receive it but it is a continuous circular process. The whole communication process is dynamic according to the rhetorical theory. The rhetorical theory adds more things to the communication process. Many people in the business do not take care of accuracy of the message which is very important aspect of communication

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  • 6. 

    _________ name objects, people or events without indicating positive or negative qualities.

    • A.

      Connotative meanings

    • B.

      Denotative meanings

    Correct Answer
    B. Denotative meanings
    Explanation
    Denotative meanings refer to the literal or dictionary definition of a word, without any emotional or subjective connotations. This means that when using denotative meanings, one simply names objects, people, or events without indicating any positive or negative qualities associated with them. Connotative meanings, on the other hand, involve the emotional or subjective associations that a word may carry, going beyond its literal definition. Therefore, the correct answer for this question is denotative meanings.

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  • 7. 

    Mark all denotative words

    • A.

      Desk

    • B.

      Father

    • C.

      Water

    • D.

      Man

    • E.

      Prophet

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Desk
    C. Water
    D. Man
    Explanation
    The denotative words in the given list are "desk," "water," and "man." These words have clear and specific meanings that can be found in a dictionary. "Desk" refers to a piece of furniture used for writing or working, "water" refers to the liquid form of H2O, and "man" refers to an adult human male. These words do not carry any figurative or symbolic meanings, but rather represent concrete objects or concepts.

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  • 8. 

    For Speaking, Mumbling or noise are what kind of barrier

    • A.

      Psychological Barriers

    • B.

      Emotional Barriers

    • C.

      Physical Barriers

    • D.

      Perception of Reality

    Correct Answer
    C. Physical Barriers
    Explanation
    For Speaking
    Mumbling, not enunciating, speaking too quickly, noises become of hissing ventilation, blowing air
    conditioning, ringing telephones, slamming doors etc.

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  • 9. 

    Selecting some details and omitting others is a process called __________

    • A.

      Omiting

    • B.

      Abstracting

    • C.

      Summarizing

    • D.

      Briefing

    Correct Answer
    B. Abstracting
    Explanation
    Selecting some details and omitting others is a process called abstracting. On many occasions abstracting is
    necessary. However, you should be cautious about “slanted” statements.

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  • 10. 

    Conclusions made by reasoning from evidence are called _________

    • A.

      Evidencing

    • B.

      Proving

    • C.

      Inferencing

    • D.

      Proposing

    Correct Answer
    C. Inferencing
    Explanation
    Inferring
    Conclusions made by reasoning from evidence are called inferences. We make assumptions and draw
    conclusions even though we are not able to immediately verify the evidence. Some inferences are both
    necessary and desirable; others are risky, even dangerous.

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  • 11. 

    Personality and attitude are complex cognitive process.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Personality and attitude are complex cognitive processes because they involve a combination of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are influenced by various internal and external factors. Personality refers to an individual's unique set of characteristics, including their patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving, which are relatively stable over time. Attitude, on the other hand, refers to an individual's evaluation or judgment towards a particular object, person, or situation, which can also influence their behavior. Both personality and attitude are shaped by genetics, upbringing, socialization, and personal experiences, making them complex processes that contribute to individual differences in behavior and decision-making.

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  • 12. 

    What are types of  nonverbal messages (mark all correct options)

    • A.

      Personal (to the individual)

    • B.

      Common to a group of people or culture

    • C.

      Unrelated to the message (random)

    • D.

      Universal (to humankind)

    • E.

      None

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Personal (to the individual)
    B. Common to a group of people or culture
    C. Unrelated to the message (random)
    D. Universal (to humankind)
    Explanation
    Four types of nonverbal messages
    1. Personal (to the individual)
    2. common to a group of people or culture
    3. universal (to humankind)
    4. unrelated to the message (random

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  • 13. 

    Which is not correct regarding Cultural nonverbal communicaiton

    • A.

      Its behavior is common to humankind.

    • B.

      It is learned unconsciously by observing others in the society group.

    • C.

      In Aboriginal culture, for example, eye contact is less acceptable than it is European culture

    • D.

      Its common in group of people

    Correct Answer
    A. Its behavior is common to humankind.
    Explanation
    Cultural nonverbal communication, by contrast, is characteristics of, or common to, a group of people. It is
    learned unconsciously by observing others in the society group. In Aboriginal culture, for example, eye
    contact is less acceptable than it is European culture.

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  • 14. 

    Hair and skin color represent which aspect of  nonverbal communication

    • A.

      Body Movement

    • B.

      Paralanguage

    • C.

      Kinesics behaviour

    • D.

      Physical Characteristics

    Correct Answer
    D. Physical Characteristics
    Explanation
    Physical Characteristics
    • Physical characteristics such as body shape, general attractiveness, body and breathe odours, weight,
    hair and skin colour are important parts of nonverbal communication.
    • Because people react and respond to these factors, they all determine their responses in
    interpersonal encounters. First impressions and images of others can be associated unconsciously
    with past experiences of people with similar physical characteristics.

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  • 15. 

    __________ is associated with  language  but not involving the word system.

    • A.

      Paralanguage

    • B.

      Physical Characteristics

    • C.

      Body Movement

    • D.

      Proximity

    Correct Answer
    A. Paralanguage
    Explanation
    Paralanguage refers to the nonverbal elements of communication, such as tone of voice, pitch, volume, and pauses. It involves the use of vocal cues and variations in speech that convey meaning and emotions. While language involves the use of words and grammar, paralanguage focuses on the way language is spoken rather than the content of the message. Therefore, paralanguage is associated with language but does not involve the word system.

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