Speech Delivery Quiz

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Welcome to the Speech Delivery Quiz! This quiz is designed to assess your skills and proficiency in delivering impactful speeches. Speech delivery is a critical aspect of effective communication, and this quiz will test your knowledge and application of various techniques and strategies.

By participating in this Speech Delivery Quiz, you will gain insights into your strengths and areas for improvement in delivering compelling speeches. It will serve as a valuable tool for self-assessment and continuous learning as you strive to become a confident and impactful speaker.

So, get ready to demonstrate your speech delivery prowess, refine your techniques, and Read morecaptivate your audience with your compelling delivery. Good luck, and let the Speech Delivery Quiz begin!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is NOT a common weakness associated with delivering the conclusion of a speech?

    • A.

      Abruptness

    • B.

      Posing a question that has no definite answer.

    • C.

      Introduction of new or irrelevant material.

    • D.

      Distracting attention away from body of speech.

    Correct Answer
    B. Posing a question that has no definite answer.
    Explanation
    Posing a question that has no definite answer is not a common weakness associated with delivering the conclusion of a speech. The conclusion of a speech is meant to summarize the main points and leave a lasting impression on the audience. Posing a question without a definite answer can create confusion and detract from the overall impact of the speech. It is important for the conclusion to provide a sense of closure and reinforce the main message of the speech.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following steps in the motivated sequence to persuasive speaking is performed FIRST?

    • A.

      Satisfaction

    • B.

      Action

    • C.

      Visualization

    • D.

      Need

    Correct Answer
    D. Need
    Explanation
    The first step in the motivated sequence to persuasive speaking is identifying and establishing the need. This involves highlighting the problem or issue that needs to be addressed and creating a sense of urgency or concern in the audience. By emphasizing the need, the speaker can capture the attention and interest of the listeners, making them more receptive to the subsequent steps in the persuasive speech.

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  • 3. 

    _____ terms or descriptions are most likely to be generalized in speech.

    • A.

      Qualitative.

    • B.

      Quantitative.

    • C.

      Physical.

    • D.

      Relational.

    Correct Answer
    A. Qualitative.
    Explanation
    Qualitative terms or descriptions are most likely to be generalized in speech because they often involve subjective opinions, qualities, or characteristics that are difficult to measure or quantify. Unlike quantitative terms, which involve specific numerical values or measurements, qualitative terms allow for more flexibility and interpretation. In everyday conversation, people tend to use qualitative language to express their thoughts, feelings, or experiences, making it easier to generalize and convey information without the need for precise measurements or data.

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  • 4. 

    When preparing the main points of a speech, one should do each of the following EXCEPT

    • A.

      Use the same pattern of wording for each point.

    • B.

      List them all in some form at the beginning and end of the speech.

    • C.

      Keep them separate.

    • D.

      Balance the amount of time spent on each point.

    Correct Answer
    B. List them all in some form at the beginning and end of the speech.
    Explanation
    When preparing the main points of a speech, it is important to do the following: use the same pattern of wording for each point, keep them separate, and balance the amount of time spent on each point. However, listing them all in some form at the beginning and end of the speech is not necessary. This would be repetitive and may cause the audience to lose interest. Instead, it is more effective to introduce the main points at the beginning and summarize them at the end, without explicitly listing them.

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  • 5. 

    In receiving and perceiving a spoken message, which of the following occurs LAST?

    • A.

      Understanding.

    • B.

      Interpretation.

    • C.

      Comprehension.

    • D.

      Reaction.

    Correct Answer
    D. Reaction.
    Explanation
    Reaction occurs last in the process of receiving and perceiving a spoken message. Understanding refers to the ability to grasp the meaning of the message, interpretation involves analyzing and making sense of the information, comprehension is the overall understanding of the message, and reaction is the response or action taken after understanding and interpreting the message. Therefore, reaction is the final step in the sequence.

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  • 6. 

    Phonation is

    • A.

      The overemphasis on vowel sounds.

    • B.

      The production of sound by vibrations of the vocal folds.

    • C.

      A rise or fall in tonal volume.

    • D.

      The amplification of a basic vocal pitch pattern.

    Correct Answer
    B. The production of sound by vibrations of the vocal folds.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The production of sound by vibrations of the vocal folds." Phonation refers to the process of producing sound through the vibration of the vocal folds in the larynx. When air from the lungs passes through the vocal folds, they vibrate, creating sound waves that can be shaped into speech sounds by the articulatory system. This process is essential for speech production and allows us to produce a wide range of sounds and pitches.

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  • 7. 

    The main difference between impromptu and extemporaneous speaking is that

    • A.

      Impromptu speaking requires written notes.

    • B.

      Extemporaneous speaking is more topical.

    • C.

      Impromptu speaking involves smaller audiences.

    • D.

      Extemporaneous speaking is carefully prepared and practiced in advance.

    Correct Answer
    D. Extemporaneous speaking is carefully prepared and practiced in advance.
    Explanation
    Extemporaneous speaking is carefully prepared and practiced in advance. This means that speakers who engage in extemporaneous speaking spend time researching and organizing their thoughts before delivering a speech. They may use notes or an outline to guide them during the presentation, but the speech itself is not fully written out or memorized. In contrast, impromptu speaking is done without any prior preparation or planning. Speakers must think on their feet and respond to a given topic or question spontaneously, without the use of written notes. Therefore, the main difference between impromptu and extemporaneous speaking lies in the level of preparation and practice involved.

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  • 8. 

    In explaining an abstract concept or idea, which of the following elements would typicallhy be presented FIRST?

    • A.

      The concept's essential qualities, aspects, or values.

    • B.

      An overall definition of the concept.

    • C.

      Examples of the concept's influence in human affairs.

    • D.

      The origin, sources, or history of the concept.

    Correct Answer
    B. An overall definition of the concept.
    Explanation
    When explaining an abstract concept or idea, it is typically important to start with an overall definition of the concept. This provides a clear understanding of what the concept is and sets the foundation for further exploration. By presenting the definition first, it allows the audience to grasp the basic meaning of the concept before delving into its essential qualities, aspects, values, examples, or history. This approach helps to establish a solid starting point for the explanation and ensures that the audience has a clear understanding of the concept from the beginning.

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  • 9. 

    After-dinner speeches are BEST thought of as a means of

    • A.

      Explanation.

    • B.

      Flattery.

    • C.

      Entertainment.

    • D.

      Appreciation.

    Correct Answer
    C. Entertainment.
    Explanation
    After-dinner speeches are typically given in a relaxed and social setting, where the main purpose is to entertain the audience. These speeches are usually light-hearted, humorous, and engaging, aiming to captivate the listeners and provide them with an enjoyable experience. While appreciation and flattery can be elements of after-dinner speeches, their primary objective is to entertain rather than to express gratitude or praise. Therefore, entertainment is the best way to describe the purpose of after-dinner speeches.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following groups could most clearly be described as experiential?

    • A.

      Salary committee.

    • B.

      Marketing task force.

    • C.

      Presidential cabinet.

    • D.

      Management training group.

    Correct Answer
    D. Management training group.
    Explanation
    The management training group can most clearly be described as experiential because it involves hands-on learning and practical application of management skills. Unlike the other groups listed, such as the salary committee, marketing task force, and presidential cabinet, which may involve decision-making, planning, or policy-setting, the management training group specifically focuses on gaining experience and developing skills in the field of management.

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  • 11. 

    The practice of analogy is a variant of

    • A.

      Disjunctive thinking.

    • B.

      Deduction.

    • C.

      Mimesis.

    • D.

      Induction.

    Correct Answer
    D. Induction.
    Explanation
    The practice of analogy involves drawing conclusions based on similarities between different situations or objects. It is a form of reasoning that uses past experiences or observations to make predictions or generalizations about new situations. This process is known as induction, where specific instances are used to infer a general principle or rule. In contrast, disjunctive thinking involves considering multiple possibilities or options, deduction involves deriving specific conclusions from general principles, and mimesis refers to imitation or replication. Therefore, the correct answer is induction.

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  • 12. 

    In English, the lateral consonant sound is

    • A.

      /s/.

    • B.

      /r/.

    • C.

      /g/.

    • D.

      /l/.

    Correct Answer
    D. /l/.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is /l/. In English, the lateral consonant sound is produced by air flowing over the sides of the tongue, while the center of the tongue is raised to touch the roof of the mouth. This sound is commonly found in words like "love" and "little". It is distinct from the other options, as /s/ is a voiceless sibilant sound, /r/ is a voiced alveolar liquid sound, and /g/ is a voiced velar sound.

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  • 13. 

    When the major premise of a logical argument states a choice between two possibilities, the reasoning is described as

    • A.

      Disjunctive.

    • B.

      Inductive.

    • C.

      Aberrant.

    • D.

      Mimetic.

    Correct Answer
    A. Disjunctive.
    Explanation
    When the major premise of a logical argument presents a choice between two possibilities, the reasoning is described as disjunctive. In a disjunctive argument, the major premise asserts that one of the two options must be true, or that one of the options is false. This type of reasoning allows for the consideration and evaluation of different possibilities, helping to guide the logical analysis and conclusion of the argument.

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  • 14. 

    The stressing of a spoken syllable typically involves each of the following EXCEPT

    • A.

      Increase in loudness.

    • B.

      Aspiration.

    • C.

      Higher pitch.

    • D.

      Longer duration.

    Correct Answer
    B. Aspiration.
    Explanation
    The stressing of a spoken syllable typically involves an increase in loudness, higher pitch, and longer duration. Aspiration, on the other hand, refers to the release of a burst of air that occurs when certain consonants are pronounced. While aspiration can affect the perception of a syllable, it is not directly related to the stressing of a syllable.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following is an example of a fixed alternative question?

    • A.

      Do you believe most Americans are taxed too much?

    • B.

      How would your family's economic activity change if your tax burden were substantially lightened?

    • C.

      Briefly describe your family's spending habits.

    • D.

      To what extent do you agree that the average American family is taxed too much?

    Correct Answer
    A. Do you believe most Americans are taxed too much?
    Explanation
    The question "Do you believe most Americans are taxed too much?" is an example of a fixed alternative question because it presents two fixed alternatives - either yes or no. The respondent can choose one of the two options without having to provide any additional information or explanation.

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  • 16. 

    The purpose of connotative language in speech is primarily to

    • A.

      Quantify statistical means of support.

    • B.

      Add texture to supporting examples.

    • C.

      Make language as accurate as possible.

    • D.

      Give words intensity and emotional power.

    Correct Answer
    D. Give words intensity and emotional power.
    Explanation
    Connotative language in speech is primarily used to give words intensity and emotional power. By using connotations, speakers can evoke specific emotions and create a stronger impact on the audience. This type of language goes beyond the literal meaning of words and adds depth and emotional resonance to the message being conveyed. It helps to engage the listeners on a more personal and emotional level, making the speech more memorable and persuasive.

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  • 17. 

    A deduction argument must contain exactly _____ terms.

    • A.

      2.

    • B.

      3.

    • C.

      4.

    • D.

      5.

    Correct Answer
    B. 3.
    Explanation
    A deduction argument must contain exactly three terms. A term is a word or phrase that represents a concept or object in a statement or argument. In a deduction argument, there are typically three terms: the major term, the minor term, and the middle term. The major term is the predicate of the conclusion, the minor term is the subject of the conclusion, and the middle term is the term that appears in both premises but not in the conclusion. This structure allows for logical reasoning and inference to be made from the premises to the conclusion.

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  • 18. 

    A speaker states: If a person is good at football, he or she is likely to be good at rugby. This is an example of _____ reasoning.

    • A.

      Fallacious.

    • B.

      Deductive.

    • C.

      Analogical.

    • D.

      Casual.

    Correct Answer
    C. Analogical.
    Explanation
    The speaker's statement suggests that there is a similarity or analogy between being good at football and being good at rugby. They are drawing a comparison between the two sports and implying that the skills and abilities required for success in one sport are likely to transfer to the other. Therefore, the reasoning can be categorized as analogical, as it is based on finding similarities between two different things.

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  • 19. 

    Which of the following statements about the time factor in speaker-audience interaction is true?

    • A.

      Test timing during preparation is usually unreliable.

    • B.

      Audiences usually have high adrenalin levels.

    • C.

      A speaker's inner time is disruptedby high adrenalin levels.

    • D.

      An hour is usually the upper limit of any audience's attention span.

    Correct Answer
    B. Audiences usually have high adrenalin levels.
  • 20. 

    What is the term for the relative highness or lowness of a person's voice?

    • A.

      Volume.

    • B.

      Pitch.

    • C.

      Inflection.

    • D.

      Range.

    Correct Answer
    B. Pitch.
    Explanation
    Pitch is the term used to describe the relative highness or lowness of a person's voice. It refers to the frequency of the sound waves produced by the vocal cords. When the vocal cords vibrate more rapidly, the pitch is higher, and when they vibrate more slowly, the pitch is lower. Volume, on the other hand, refers to the loudness or softness of a person's voice, while inflection refers to the variation in pitch or tone during speech. Range is a term used to describe the span of pitches that a person can produce.

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  • 21. 

    For audience groups with between 30 and 40 members, what type of seating arrangement would work best for a speaker?

    • A.

      Half-circle.

    • B.

      Double circle.

    • C.

      Angled rows facing forward and inward.

    • D.

      Straight rows facing inward.

    Correct Answer
    B. Double circle.
    Explanation
    A double circle seating arrangement would work best for a speaker when addressing an audience group with between 30 and 40 members. This arrangement allows for better visibility and interaction between the speaker and the audience. The double circle layout consists of two concentric circles of chairs, with the inner circle facing the outer circle. This setup ensures that all audience members have a clear view of the speaker and encourages engagement and participation.

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  • 22. 

    Which of the following is a procedure that can be used to correct a breathy voice?

    • A.

      Firm up laryngeal muscles.

    • B.

      Develop oral resonance.

    • C.

      Relax pharyngeal area.

    • D.

      Control volume.

    Correct Answer
    A. Firm up laryngeal muscles.
    Explanation
    Firming up the laryngeal muscles can help correct a breathy voice. When the laryngeal muscles are weak or not properly engaged, air escapes through the vocal folds, resulting in a breathy sound. By firming up these muscles, the vocal folds can close more tightly, reducing the amount of air escaping and improving vocal clarity. This can be achieved through vocal exercises and techniques that focus on strengthening and engaging the laryngeal muscles.

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