English 114 Final Exam

30 Questions | Total Attempts: 248

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This is a comprehensive exam covering various components from the textbook and Research Manual.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which is NOT a component of Technical Writing?
    • A. 

      Purpose

    • B. 

      Audience Analysis

    • C. 

      Graphic support

    • D. 

      Scholarly prose

  • 2. 
    One cardinal rule governs all on-the-job writing.
    • A. 

      Write subjectively

    • B. 

      Write objectively

    • C. 

      Write for your reader

    • D. 

      Write for yourself

  • 3. 
    The ABC structure stands for:
    • A. 

      Abstract, body, conclusion

    • B. 

      Appendix, body, conclusion

    • C. 

      Abstract, block, conclude

    • D. 

      Adjust, brainstorm, content

  • 4. 
    If you are expected to communicate in writing and in meetings with others outside your culture, you should consider:
    • A. 

      What is their approach to time

    • B. 

      What are the dominant philisophical and religious belief systems in the culture

    • C. 

      What part does teamwork play

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    The "deep structure" of a culture is:
    • A. 

      Requires that we understand not only what people do, but why they do it

    • B. 

      Requires that we accept all value systems

    • C. 

      Requires that we adopt a humanistic approach

    • D. 

      Requires that we stereotype quietly

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is not a main writing rule for writing a comparison/contrast documents?
    • A. 

      Remember your purpose

    • B. 

      Use illustrations

    • C. 

      Choose the part-by-part approach for longer documents

    • D. 

      Use the ABC approach

  • 7. 
    Which of the following could be compared and contrasted?
    • A. 

      Identical twins

    • B. 

      Cloned animals

    • C. 

      Credit cards

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    Most questions contain:
    • A. 

      At least four sentences

    • B. 

      Transitional elements

    • C. 

      Losts of verbs and action words

    • D. 

      ABC format

  • 9. 
    Page design options do not include
    • A. 

      Judicious use of white space

    • B. 

      Headings and lists

    • C. 

      In-text emphasis

    • D. 

      Using paper with a watermark

  • 10. 
    In revision, if you encounter one long page of text, you may choose to:
    • A. 

      Add a bulleted list

    • B. 

      Use headings and font changes

    • C. 

      Insert a graphic to break up the text

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    Headings of equal value and degree should have the same grammatical form, which means they should be:
    • A. 

      Ranked

    • B. 

      Parallel

    • C. 

      In 14 point font

    • D. 

      Free of adverbs

  • 12. 
    Serif fonts:
    • A. 

      Do not have tails at the end of letter lines

    • B. 

      Do have tails at the end of letter lines

    • C. 

      Create an aura of importance

    • D. 

      Can confuse the reader

  • 13. 
    The 3Cs strategy in persuasive messages involves:
    • A. 

      Capture, convince, and contact

    • B. 

      Capture, convince, and control

    • C. 

      Credibility, creative, and compel

    • D. 

      Call, convince, and commit

  • 14. 
    Which of the following strategies best describes the "YOU" attitude?
    • A. 

      Anticipating the reader's questions

    • B. 

      Replacing pronouns "I," "me," and "we" with "you" and "your"

    • C. 

      Seeing things from the reader's perspective

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 15. 
    A memo is a better choice than email when it includes
    • A. 

      Special formatting

    • B. 

      Graphics

    • C. 

      Sensitive information

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    The best opening for a bad news message would be:
    • A. 

      An apology plus a buffer

    • B. 

      Establishing a common point of interest

    • C. 

      The bad news plus a buffer

    • D. 

      Recognizing your responsibility as a company

  • 17. 
    Informal definitions are characterized by
    • A. 

      A word or brief phrase

    • B. 

      A full sentence

    • C. 

      Casual language

    • D. 

      Long documents

  • 18. 
    The most complex definition format in technical writing is:
    • A. 

      Formal definition

    • B. 

      Expanded definition

    • C. 

      Informal definition

    • D. 

      Encyclopedic definition

  • 19. 
    Using something familiar to help readers understand an unfamiliar object or concept is an example of
    • A. 

      Analogy

    • B. 

      Graphics

    • C. 

      Visualization

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    Process explanations are different from instructions because:
    • A. 

      Process describes a sequence of tasks whereas instructions show how to perform a task

    • B. 

      Process seeks to clarify steps whereas instructions are written to be performed

    • C. 

      Process explanations are nearly the same as instructions

    • D. 

      Process explanations are written for the lay audience and instructions are written more for the technical audience

  • 21. 
    The following is an example of a process explanation:
    • A. 

      How to open a valve

    • B. 

      How to write a resume

    • C. 

      How to take a digital picture

    • D. 

      How a piston works

  • 22. 
    Using color in instructions can be troublesome if:
    • A. 

      Another culture may be using the instructions

    • B. 

      They distract the operator

    • C. 

      The colors clash

    • D. 

      The colors subdue the text

  • 23. 
    Which of the following is not a function of graphics?
    • A. 

      Simplifies ideas

    • B. 

      Reinforces ideas

    • C. 

      Creates desire

    • D. 

      Creates interest

  • 24. 
    The acceptable maximum number for pieces in a pie chart is:
    • A. 

      8

    • B. 

      7

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      9

  • 25. 
    Tables are numbered and titled:
    • A. 

      At the top

    • B. 

      At the bottom

    • C. 

      At the side

    • D. 

      Anywhere the source information fits the best

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