Ultimate Technical Writing Trivia Quiz!

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Ultimate Technical Writing Trivia Quiz!

Technical writing is a form of writing communication used in technical and occupational fields, such as computer hardware and software, finance, consumer electronics, and biotechnology. Good technical writing is focused and clear. The information must be presented, so it is easy to understand, considering technical writing is used in various real-life situations. This quiz will tell you all about technical writing. Go for it.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How is technical writing different from novel-, poetry- or journal-writing?
    • A. 

      Technical writing uses a lot of figurative language.

    • B. 

      Technical writing mainly records personal experience.

    • C. 

      Technical writing requires a dialogue between writer and reader.

    • D. 

      Technical writing requires no action on the part of the reader.

  • 2. 
    Journal writing would be an example of what type of writing?
    • A. 

      Expository writing

    • B. 

      Fictional writing

    • C. 

      Expressive writing

    • D. 

      Technical writing

  • 3. 
    When writing a technical document, which of the following should you do?
    • A. 

      Always describe things in technical terms.

    • B. 

      Write for your readers.

    • C. 

      Describe things exactly as they're described to you by subject matter experts.

    • D. 

      Include everything you've learned.

  • 4. 
    Choose the type of writing that is NOT considered technical communication.
    • A. 

      Travel report

    • B. 

      Maintenance procedures

    • C. 

      Resume

    • D. 

      Newspaper editorial

  • 5. 
    Why is consistency in your technical documentation important? 
    • A. 

      It helps readers learn complex or new information more quickly.

    • B. 

      It allows you to be more creative when writing your document.

    • C. 

      It makes it easier for you to write your document.

    • D. 

      All business managers require it.

  • 6. 
    How do training guides differ from user manuals?
    • A. 

      Training guides have pictures; user manuals don't.

    • B. 

      Training guides don't cover as much information as user manuals.

    • C. 

      Training guides are read from front to back; user manuals are used to look up information.

    • D. 

      Training guides typically are better organized than user manuals.

  • 7. 
    What is the number one rule of technical writing?
    • A. 

      Be consistent.

    • B. 

      Be innovative.

    • C. 

      Use technical terms.

    • D. 

      Use few graphics.

  • 8. 
    What two items work together to create the tone of a document?
    • A. 

      Spelling and punctuation

    • B. 

      Theme and topic

    • C. 

      Organization and coherence

    • D. 

      Purpose and audience

  • 9. 
    Select the false statement about writing:
    • A. 

      Writing is an extension of your interpersonal communication skills at work.

    • B. 

      Good writing tells your audience that you can think logically and communicate your thoughts clearly.

    • C. 

      Your writing ability will never affect your job performance.

    • D. 

      Poor writing reveals that you can neither think clearly nor communicate your thoughts effectively.

  • 10. 
    Why should you use white space on your pages? 
    • A. 

      So the pages in your document are more inviting and easier to read.

    • B. 

      So you can fit more words on the page and make your document shorter.

    • C. 

      So the printer can see more easily how the pages in your document are laid out.

    • D. 

      So readers can see the page numbers more easily in your document.

  • 11. 
    On average, what percentage of a documentation project's time is spent gathering information?
    • A. 

      05-10%

    • B. 

      15-20%

    • C. 

      25-35%

    • D. 

      40-60%

  • 12. 
    What does the term "graphics file format" refer to and why is it important?
    • A. 

      It refers to the format used to create the original graphic. It's important to know this so you know what program to use to modify it.

    • B. 

      It refers to the way information in a graphic is saved to a file. It's important to know which formats work best for specific types of graphics.

    • C. 

      It refers to the color palette that is used in a graphic. It's important to know this so you can be sure the graphic is compatible with your printer.

    • D. 

      It refers to the arrangement of the pixels in a graphic. It's important to know what this is so all of your graphics will print correctly in your document.

  • 13. 
    How can you avoid using paragraph styles in Microsoft Word?
    • A. 

      You can't. A paragraph style is attached to everything you type, whether you do anything or not.

    • B. 

      By just typing and not applying any paragraph styles to any of your text.

    • C. 

      By switching off the paragraph styles.

    • D. 

      By manually formatting all of your text so that the paragraph styles are overridden.

  • 14. 
    What do templates do?
    • A. 

      Templates make sure that everyone does everything exactly the same way. Templates strictly control how a document is created and formatted.

    • B. 

      Templates provide guidelines for the formatting of a document.

    • C. 

      Templates basically write documents for you.

    • D. 

      Templates can be used only for short, simple documents.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following best describes the difference between proofreading and editing?
    • A. 

      They're the same thing. There aren't any differences.

    • B. 

      The purpose of proofreading is to find mechanical errors, while editing is done to polish the content and style of the document.

    • C. 

      The purpose of proofreading is to make sure the content of the document is correct, while the purpose of editing is to make sure the formatting is correct.

    • D. 

      The purpose of proofreading is to make sure the document is complete. The purpose of editing is to make sure all of the mechanics are complete.

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