Ultimate Technical Writing Trivia Quiz!

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Ultimate Technical Writing Trivia Quiz!

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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.