Public Speaking Test 2

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  • 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.

  • 2. 
    Which of the following steps in the motivated sequence to persuasive speaking is performed FIRST?
    • A. 

      Satisfaction.

    • B. 

      Action.

    • C. 

      Visualization.

    • D. 

      Need.

  • 3. 
    _____ terms or descriptions are most likely to be generalized in speech.
    • A. 

      Qualitative.

    • B. 

      Quantitative.

    • C. 

      Physical.

    • D. 

      Relational.

  • 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.

  • 5. 
    In receiving and perceiving a spoken message, which of the following occurs LAST?
    • A. 

      Understanding.

    • B. 

      Interpretation.

    • C. 

      Comprehension.

    • D. 

      Reaction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 9. 
    Public speaking is different from conversation in each of the following ways EXCEPT it
    • A. 

      Is more highly structured.

    • B. 

      Requires a different method of delivery.

    • C. 

      Is more carefully tailored to the audience.

    • D. 

      Requires more formal language.

  • 10. 
    After-dinner speeches are BEST thought of as a means of
    • A. 

      Explanation.

    • B. 

      Flattery.

    • C. 

      Entertainment.

    • D. 

      Appreciation.

  • 11. 
    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.

  • 12. 
    Each of the following is desirable feature of speech delivery EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Sence of communication with the audience.

    • B. 

      Cultivated aura of expertise and specilized knowledge.

    • C. 

      Responsiveness to meaning during moments of utterance.

    • D. 

      Bodily action that reflects meaning and serves the needs of communication.

  • 13. 
    What is the term for an explicit comparison between things that are essentially different, yet have something in common?
    • A. 

      Simile.

    • B. 

      Likening.

    • C. 

      Metaphor.

    • D. 

      Contrast.

  • 14. 
    The practice of analogy is a variant of
    • A. 

      Disjunctive thinking.

    • B. 

      Deduction.

    • C. 

      Mimesis.

    • D. 

      Induction.

  • 15. 
    In English, the lateral consonant sound is
    • A. 

      /s/.

    • B. 

      /r/.

    • C. 

      /g/.

    • D. 

      /l/.

  • 16. 
    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.

  • 17. 
    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.

  • 18. 
    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?

  • 19. 
    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.

  • 20. 
    A deduction argument must contain exactly _____ terms.
    • A. 

      2.

    • B. 

      3.

    • C. 

      4.

    • D. 

      5.

  • 21. 
    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.

  • 22. 
    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.

  • 23. 
    What is the term for the relative highness or lowness of a person's voice?
    • A. 

      Volume.

    • B. 

      Pitch.

    • C. 

      Inflection.

    • D. 

      Range.

  • 24. 
    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.

  • 25. 
    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.

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