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Are you familiar with persuasive writing? Do you believe you can take on this quiz? Persuasive writers intend to convince readers to believe in an idea or opinion and to do an action. Many writings, such as criticisms, reviews, editorials, advertisements, brochures, and even many college papers, are examples of persuasive writing. You typically do your best persuading when it is something in which you genuinely believe. Take this quiz and learn more about persuasive writing.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    If your topic was, "Ban smoking in public places." which detail would be irrelevant?

    • A.

      How many packs of ciggarettes are purchased everyday.

    • B.

      Second hand smoke can cause cancer.

    • C.

      85% of people who eat at restaurants despise the smoke-filled atmosphere.

    • D.

      Smoking is banned in many places already, such as schools, libraries, and some restuarants.

    Correct Answer
    A. How many packs of ciggarettes are purchased everyday.
    Explanation
    Letter A is the correct choice because it is irrelevant how many packs a day are purchased. It doesn't support this specific topic.

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  • 2. 

    Which sentence is a compound sentence?

    • A.

      He soon realizes that would be cruel, and He ditches the whole idea.

    • B.

      He soon realizes that would be cruel, and he ditches the whole idea.

    • C.

      He soon realizes that woudl be cruel and he ditches the whole idea.

    • D.

      He soon realizes that would be cruel, and, he ditches the whole idea.

    Correct Answer
    B. He soon realizes that would be cruel, and he ditches the whole idea.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He soon realizes that would be cruel, and he ditches the whole idea." This is a compound sentence because it contains two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction "and".

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  • 3. 

    Which sentence is a compound sentence?

    • A.

      He looks around some more, hoping to spot something interesting, nor all he sees is an ordinary living room with furniture and a picture on the wall of four basset hounds playing cards.

    • B.

      He looks around some more, hoping to spot something interseting, though all he sees is an ordinary living room with furniture and a picture on the wall of four basset hounds playing cards.

    • C.

      He looks around soe more, hoping to spot something interesting, or all he sees is an ordinary living room with furniture and a picture on the wall of four basset hounds playing cards.

    • D.

      He looks around some more, hoping to spot something interesting, but all he sees is an ordinary living room with furniture and a picture on the wall of four basset hounds playing cards.

    Correct Answer
    D. He looks around some more, hoping to spot something interesting, but all he sees is an ordinary living room with furniture and a picture on the wall of four basset hounds playing cards.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a compound sentence because it consists of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction "but." The first independent clause is "He looks around some more, hoping to spot something interesting," and the second independent clause is "all he sees is an ordinary living room with furniture and a picture on the wall of four basset hounds playing cards."

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  • 4. 

    Paraphrasing is...

    • A.

      Making compound sentences in your writing.

    • B.

      Directly quoting the author in your writing.

    • C.

      Summarizing main ideas into your own words

    • D.

      Citing the source of your information.

    Correct Answer
    C. Summarizing main ideas into your own words
    Explanation
    Paraphrasing refers to the act of summarizing the main ideas of a text using your own words. It involves restating the information in a different way while retaining the original meaning. This technique helps to avoid plagiarism and demonstrates a clear understanding of the material. It allows the writer to present the information in a more concise and coherent manner, making it easier for the reader to comprehend.

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  • 5. 

    How does a book with a single author citation look?

    • A.

      Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of the book. Publisher City: Publisher, Year.

    • B.

      Title of book. Author's First Name, Author's Last Name. Year

    • C.

      Author's First Name, Author's Last Name. Title of book. Date. Publisher. Publishing City

    • D.

      Author's Last Name. Title of the Book. Publisher, Year

    Correct Answer
    A. Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title of the book. Publisher City: Publisher, Year.
    Explanation
    A book with a single author citation should include the author's last name followed by the author's first name, the title of the book, the publisher city, the publisher, and the year of publication. This format provides all the necessary information to properly cite a book with a single author.

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  • 6. 

    What type of writing is a Letter to the Editor?

    • A.

      Memoir Writing

    • B.

      Poetry Writing

    • C.

      Persuasive Writing

    • D.

      Personal Writing

    Correct Answer
    C. Persuasive Writing
    Explanation
    A Letter to the Editor is a type of persuasive writing. It is written with the intention of persuading or influencing the readers' opinions on a particular issue or topic. The writer presents their viewpoint or argument and provides supporting evidence to convince the readers. The purpose of a Letter to the Editor is to express a strong opinion, propose a solution, or advocate for a specific cause. It is commonly published in newspapers, magazines, or online platforms to reach a wider audience and generate public discussion.

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  • 7. 

    I should NEVER write my own opinion on a letter to the editor.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because it is not always necessary to avoid writing one's own opinion in a letter to the editor. In fact, letters to the editor are often meant to express personal viewpoints and opinions on various issues. Writing one's own opinion can be a powerful way to convey thoughts, arguments, and perspectives to the readers and contribute to public discourse. Therefore, it is not accurate to say that one should never write their own opinion in a letter to the editor.

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  • 8. 

    You must be a professional writer in order to write a letter to the editor.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is not entirely accurate. While being a professional writer can certainly enhance one's ability to write a letter to the editor, it is not a requirement. Anyone with a clear message, valid points, and the ability to articulate their thoughts effectively can write a letter to the editor. The key is to have a well-reasoned argument and present it in a concise and persuasive manner. Therefore, the answer is false.

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  • 9. 

    Letter to the editor: Kids face bigger threats than caffeine Today, I picked up my paper to see what's going on in our little part of the world, and I see parents are concerned about a Cappuccino machine at J. Frank Faust Junior High School. What? Of all the things for a parent to worry about when it comes to junior high school! In our society, we have so much more than that to worry about. My son is in 9th grade. And my worries are more along the lines of bullies, drugs and bad influences.. My kids are not bad kids, but kids in this day and age have been taught so little when it comes to respect for others and their property. We have kids who curse teachers, bus drivers, and principals. We have kids making out  every chance they get, and not caring about the consequences.  We have kids with mental problems, low test scores, and violent streaks, and parents are concerned about cappuccino? In my day, my parents NEVER would have cared about a cappuccino machine. Go home, hug your kids, and pray they are among the good ones. Teach them to respect people, and their things no matter who it is or what they look like. Worry about the cappuccino machine when all else is well with our children. Kim Weller Newburg What is the author's opinion (bias)?

    • A.

      Kids are having too many problems in school.

    • B.

      Parents need to be more concerned with violence and bad influences, and not cappuccino machines.

    • C.

      Hugging your kids at home can create violence and lack of respect at home.

    • D.

      By the time you are in 9th grade, you are already involved in many bad influences.

    Correct Answer
    B. Parents need to be more concerned with violence and bad influences, and not cappuccino machines.
    Explanation
    The author's opinion is that parents should be more concerned with violence and bad influences rather than cappuccino machines. The author believes that there are bigger problems that kids face in school, such as bullies, drugs, and lack of respect. The author suggests that parents should focus on teaching their children to respect others and their property, rather than worrying about trivial things like a cappuccino machine.

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  • 10. 

    Letter to the editor: Kids face bigger threats than caffeine 1) Today, I picked up my paper to see what's going on in our little part of the world, and I see parents are concerned about a Cappuccino machine at J. Frank Faust Junior High School. 2) What? 3) Of all the things for a parent to worry about when it comes to junior high school! 4) In our society, we have so much more than that to worry about. 5) My son is in 9th grade. 6) And my worries are more along the lines of bullies, drugs, and bad influences. 7) My kids are not bad kids, but kids in this day and age have been taught so little when it comes to respect for others and their property. 8) We have kids who curse teachers, bus drivers, and principals. 9) We have kids making out every chance they get, and not caring about the consequences. 10) We have kids with mental problems, low test scores, and violent streaks, and parents are concerned about cappuccino? 11) In my day, my parents NEVER would have cared about a cappuccino machine. 12) Go home, hug your kids, and pray they are among the good ones. 13) Teach them to respect people, and their things no matter who it is or what they look like. 14) Worry about the cappuccino machine when all else is well with our children. Kim Weller Newburg Which sentence is a compound sentence?

    • A.

      Sentence 1

    • B.

      Sentence 4

    • C.

      Sentence 8

    • D.

      Sentence 14

    Correct Answer
    A. Sentence 1
    Explanation
    Sentence 1 is a compound sentence because it consists of two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjunction "and".

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  • 11. 

    Letter to the editor: Kids face bigger threats than caffeine 1) Today, I picked up my paper to see what's going on in our little part of the world, and I see parents are concerned about a Cappuccino machine at J. Frank Faust Junior High School. 2) What? 3) Of all the things for a parent to worry about when it comes to junior high school! 4) In our society, we have so much more than that to worry about. 5) My son is in 9th grade. 6) And my worries are more along the lines of bullies, drugs, and bad influences. 7) My kids are not bad kids, but kids in this day and age have been taught so little when it comes to respect for others and their property. 8) We have kids who curse teachers, bus drivers, and principals. 9) We have kids making out every chance they get, and not caring about the consequences. 10) We have kids with mental problems, low test scores, and violent streaks, and parents are concerned about cappuccino? 11) In my day, my parents would NEVER have cared about a cappaccino machine. 12) Go home, hug your kids, and pray they are among the good ones. 13) Teach them to respect people, and their things no matter who it is or what they look like. 14) Worry about the cappuccino machine when all else is well with our children. Kim Weller Newburg Which sentence adds an irrelevant detail?

    • A.

      Sentence 1

    • B.

      Sentence 4

    • C.

      Sentence 11

    • D.

      Sentence 14

    Correct Answer
    D. Sentence 14
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