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  • 1. 

    Which 5 W & H would you not begin your summary lead with?

    • A.

      How or What

    • B.

      What or Why

    • C.

      Why or How

    • D.

      When or Where

    Correct Answer
    D. When or Where
    Explanation
    The summary lead is a concise and informative sentence that captures the main points of a news story. It typically begins with the 5 W & H (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How) to provide essential information. However, the question asks which combination of 5 W & H should not be used to start a summary lead. Therefore, the correct answer is "When or Where" because these two elements usually provide specific details about the time and location, which are not as crucial in a summary lead compared to the other elements that focus on the main events or reasons.

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  • 2. 

    A good summary lead will use the future angle.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A good summary lead will use the future angle because it helps to engage the reader's interest and create a sense of anticipation. By focusing on what is to come, the summary lead can effectively hook the reader and make them want to continue reading. Additionally, using the future angle can also make the summary lead more relevant and timely, as it highlights the potential impact and significance of the topic in the future.

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  • 3. 

    Which is the future angle for this summary lead?

    • A.

      Mike Smith, New Caney teacher, plans on speaking to President Obama.

    • B.

      Mike Smith teaches history at New Caney High School.

    • C.

      Mike Smith has been at New Caney High School 20 years.

    • D.

      Mike Smith is interested in politics.

    Correct Answer
    A. Mike Smith, New Caney teacher, plans on speaking to President Obama.
    Explanation
    The future angle for this summary lead is "Mike Smith, New Caney teacher, plans on speaking to President Obama." This is because it indicates a future event or action that Mike Smith intends to take, which makes it the most relevant and newsworthy aspect of the information provided. The other statements about Mike Smith teaching history at New Caney High School and being there for 20 years, as well as his interest in politics, are not as significant in terms of a future angle.

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  • 4. 

    The ____________________ lead is a descriptive first paragraph of a story that avoids using facts.

    Correct Answer
    Feature
    feature
    Creative
    creative
    Explanation
    The feature lead is a descriptive first paragraph of a story that avoids using facts. It is designed to capture the reader's attention and draw them into the story by using creative and engaging language. This type of lead is often used in feature articles or human interest stories where the focus is more on storytelling and less on presenting factual information.

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  • 5. 

    The attribution in this direct quotation is correct. "This is a wonderful school," teacher Jim Becka stated. "I plan on staying here until I retire when I am too old to teach school."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Do not use anything except SAID for the attribution.

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  • 6. 

    The attribution in this direct quotation is correct. "This is a wonderful school. I plan on staying here until I retire when I am too old to teach school," teacher Jim Becka said.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The attribution should go at the end of the first sentence.

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  • 7. 

    The attribution in this direct quotation is correct. "This is a wonderful school," teacher Jim Becka said. "I plan on staying here until I retire when I am too old to teach school."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The attribution in the direct quotation is correct because it clearly states that the statement was made by teacher Jim Becka. The quotation marks indicate that the words are being directly attributed to him, and the attribution provides his name and the context in which the statement was made.

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  • 8. 

    The third paragraph of a news story should be a direct quotation.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The third paragraph of a news story should be a direct quotation because it helps to provide credibility and authenticity to the information being presented. By including a direct quotation, the writer is able to directly attribute information to a specific source, whether it be a person or an official statement. This adds a level of transparency and accountability to the news story, allowing readers to trust the information being presented. Additionally, including direct quotations can also make the news story more engaging and dynamic, as it allows the voices of relevant individuals to be heard directly.

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  • 9. 

    It is O.K. to have two consecutive direct quotations without a transition (fact).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Two consecutive direct quotations without a transition can disrupt the flow of writing and make it difficult for the reader to follow the argument. It is important to use transitions to smoothly connect and integrate quotations into the text, providing context and clarity for the reader. Therefore, it is not okay to have two consecutive direct quotations without a transition.

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  • 10. 

    A nut graph is a paragraph that explains what a news story is about.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A nut graph is indeed a paragraph that provides a concise summary of what a news story is about. It typically includes the main points and essential information, giving readers a quick understanding of the article's subject matter. This paragraph is crucial in capturing readers' attention and enticing them to continue reading the full story.

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  • 11. 

    The third paragraph of a feature story is where the nut graph appears.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It should come in the second paragraph.

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  • 12. 

    This is a summary lead. Students walked the halls quietly. The laughter normally found at New Caney High School was absent. It was obvious something had happened in the community.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There are few facts in this lead.

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  • 13. 

    Where is the nut graph? Paragraph 1: Students walked the halls quietly. The laughter normally found at New Caney High School was absent. It was obvious something had happened in the community. Paragraph 2:  The previous day two students from the school were killed when their vehicle overturned at the intersection of Hwy59 and Community Drive. Paragraph 3: "I feel horrible," freshman Jane Smith said. "I was close friends with both students and cannot imagine what the parents are feeling right now." Paragraph 4: The funeral for the two students will be held tomorrow at Forest Lawn Memorial Funeral Home in New Caney.

    • A.

      Paragraph 1

    • B.

      Paragraph 2

    • C.

      Paragraph 3

    • D.

      Paragraph 4

    Correct Answer
    B. Paragraph 2
    Explanation
    Paragraph 2 contains the nut graph because it provides the essential information that explains why the atmosphere at New Caney High School is different. It states that two students from the school were killed in a car accident, which is the reason for the absence of laughter and the somber mood in the halls. This paragraph sets up the context for the rest of the article and provides the main point that the following paragraphs will expand upon.

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  • 14. 

    If this story were rewritten as a hard news story, which fact would be moved to the beginning of the story. Paragraph 1: Students walked the halls quietly. The laughter normally found at New Caney High School was absent. It was obvious something had happened in the community. Paragraph 2:  The previous day two students from the school were killed when their vehicle overturned at the intersection of Hwy59 and Community Drive. Paragraph 3: "I feel horrible," freshman Jane Smith said. "I was close friends with both students and cannot imagine what the parents are feeling right now." Paragraph 4: The funeral for the two students will be held tomorrow at Forest Lawn Memorial Funeral Home in New Caney.

    • A.

      Nothing

    • B.

      Information from paragraph 2 would be moved to paragraph 1.

    • C.

      Information from paragraph 3 would be moved to paragraph 1.

    • D.

      Information from paragraph 4 would be moved to paragraph 1.

    Correct Answer
    D. Information from paragraph 4 would be moved to paragraph 1.
    Explanation
    Look for the future angle when writing a news story.

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  • 15. 

    Hard news stories are written in which style?

    • A.

      Inverted Pyramid

    • B.

      Least important facts first.

    • C.

      With a creative open.

    • D.

      None of these.

    Correct Answer
    A. Inverted Pyramid
    Explanation
    Hard news stories are written in the inverted pyramid style, where the most important information is presented at the beginning of the article and the least important details are provided towards the end. This style allows readers to quickly grasp the essential facts of the story, even if they only read the first few paragraphs. By structuring the article in this way, journalists ensure that important information is not buried within the text, making it easier for readers to understand and engage with the news.

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  • 16. 

    The class journalism textbook says the summary lead (first paragraph) should ____________

    • A.

      Be creative

    • B.

      Use a direct quotation

    • C.

      Be 25 words or less.

    • D.

      Be 35 words or less.

    Correct Answer
    C. Be 25 words or less.
    Explanation
    The summary lead in a journalism textbook should be 25 words or less. This is because a summary lead is meant to provide a concise and brief overview of the main points of a news story. By keeping it under 25 words, journalists can effectively capture the essence of the story and grab the reader's attention without overwhelming them with unnecessary details.

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  • 17. 

    Other than the lead, the structure of a feature story and hard news story is very similar. Both follow the quote-transition-quote-transition format following the lead.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer is that both feature stories and hard news stories typically follow a similar structure, which includes the quote-transition-quote-transition format after the lead. This format helps to provide a smooth flow of information and keeps the reader engaged by incorporating quotes and transitions effectively. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 18. 

    What type of lead is this? Mike Smith once walked the mosquito-filled jungles of Vietnam with M-16 hunting down the enemy. Now his weapon is a teacher's manual and he uses it at New Caney High School.

    • A.

      News

    • B.

      Feature

    • C.

      Neither news or feature

    • D.

      Editorial

    Correct Answer
    B. Feature
    Explanation
    This passage describes the personal journey of Mike Smith, who went from being a soldier in Vietnam to becoming a teacher at New Caney High School. The focus is on his transition and the change in his "weapon" from a gun to a teacher's manual. This personal narrative style and the emphasis on an individual's experience suggest that this is a feature lead, which is often used to highlight human interest stories or personal experiences.

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  • 19. 

    What is the paragraph order for a feature news story?

    • A.

      Summary Lead -- Rest of Summary Lead - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact -- Direct quotation

    • B.

      Direct Quotation - Summary Lead - Direct quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation

    • C.

      Creative Lead - Nut Graph - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation

    • D.

      Nut Graph - Creative Lead - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation

    Correct Answer
    C. Creative Lead - Nut Graph - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Creative Lead - Nut Graph - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation - Transition/Fact - Direct Quotation. This order is appropriate for a feature news story because it starts with a creative lead that captures the reader's attention, followed by a nut graph that provides essential information and context. Then, there are transitions/facts that help to support the main points, and direct quotations are used to provide evidence or add credibility to the story. The additional transition/fact and direct quotation further develop the story and provide more depth and insight.

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