Public Speaking Test 4

Approved & Edited by ProProfs Editorial Team
The editorial team at ProProfs Quizzes consists of a select group of subject experts, trivia writers, and quiz masters who have authored over 10,000 quizzes taken by more than 100 million users. This team includes our in-house seasoned quiz moderators and subject matter experts. Our editorial experts, spread across the world, are rigorously trained using our comprehensive guidelines to ensure that you receive the highest quality quizzes.
Learn about Our Editorial Process
| By JLee1
J
JLee1
Community Contributor
Quizzes Created: 5 | Total Attempts: 15,733
Questions: 25 | Attempts: 271

SettingsSettingsSettings
Public Speaking Quizzes & Trivia

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which approach to public speaking tends to emphasize the imitation of models?

    • A.

      Rhetorical.

    • B.

      Semantic.

    • C.

      Syntactic.

    • D.

      Psychological.

    Correct Answer
    A. Rhetorical.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Rhetorical." Rhetorical approach to public speaking emphasizes the imitation of models. This means that speakers using this approach often study and imitate the techniques and styles of successful public speakers in order to improve their own speaking skills. By observing and learning from established models, speakers can develop effective strategies for engaging and persuading their audience.

    Rate this question:

  • 2. 

    The term for the credibility of a speaker that is produced by everything he or she says and does during the actual delivery of a speech is called _____ credibility.

    • A.

      Derived.

    • B.

      Actuated.

    • C.

      Terminal.

    • D.

      Initial.

    Correct Answer
    A. Derived.
    Explanation
    Derived credibility refers to the credibility that a speaker gains or loses during the actual delivery of a speech based on what they say and do. It is not something that is inherent or predetermined, but rather something that is earned through the speaker's actions and words. This term suggests that credibility is not fixed, but can be influenced and shaped by the speaker's performance during the speech.

    Rate this question:

  • 3. 

    The proper breathing for speech can be described in each of the following ways EXCEPT

    • A.

      Controlled.

    • B.

      Syncopated.

    • C.

      Frequent.

    • D.

      Deep.

    Correct Answer
    B. Syncopated.
    Explanation
    The question asks for an exception among the given options. The proper breathing for speech can be described as controlled, frequent, and deep, but not syncopated. Syncopated breathing refers to irregular or offbeat patterns, which is not ideal for speech. Therefore, syncopated is the correct answer as it does not describe proper breathing for speech.

    Rate this question:

  • 4. 

    A speaker plans to give a speech about the interior design of ancient Inca sacrificial tombs. In order to deliver his speech most effectively, he should arrange the main points of his speech in _____ order.

    • A.

      Spatial.

    • B.

      Topical.

    • C.

      Problem-solution.

    • D.

      Chronological.

    Correct Answer
    A. Spatial.
    Explanation
    The speaker should arrange the main points of his speech in spatial order because the topic is about the interior design of ancient Inca sacrificial tombs. By organizing the main points spatially, the speaker can describe the layout, structure, and design elements of the tombs in a logical and coherent manner, allowing the audience to visualize and understand the spatial aspects of the topic.

    Rate this question:

  • 5. 

    The clarity of a speaker's utterance is usually expressed in terms of

    • A.

      Articulation.

    • B.

      Pronunciation.

    • C.

      Phonation.

    • D.

      Enunciation.

    Correct Answer
    D. Enunciation.
    Explanation
    Enunciation refers to the clear and distinct pronunciation of words and sounds in speech. It involves the proper articulation, pronunciation, and projection of words, making them easily understandable to the listener. While articulation and pronunciation are related to enunciation, they focus more on the specific sounds and phonetics, whereas enunciation encompasses overall clarity and precision in delivering speech. Phonation, on the other hand, refers to the production of vocal sounds. Therefore, enunciation is the most appropriate term to express the clarity of a speaker's utterance.

    Rate this question:

  • 6. 

    For audience groups with greater than 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
    C. Angled rows facing forward and inward.
    Explanation
    Angled rows facing forward and inward would work best for a speaker when the audience group has more than 40 members. This seating arrangement allows for better visibility and engagement with the speaker, as the audience is positioned in a way that they can easily see and hear the speaker. It also creates a more intimate and interactive environment, as the audience is facing both the speaker and each other, facilitating better communication and interaction among the members.

    Rate this question:

  • 7. 

    The conclusion of a speech should serve to

    • A.

      Establish the speaker's credibility.

    • B.

      Reinforce the central idea.

    • C.

      Reveal the topic of the speech.

    • D.

      Generate interest in the topic.

    Correct Answer
    B. Reinforce the central idea.
    Explanation
    The conclusion of a speech should serve to reinforce the central idea because it allows the speaker to summarize and emphasize the main points that were discussed throughout the speech. By reinforcing the central idea, the speaker helps to ensure that the audience understands and remembers the key message of the speech. Additionally, the conclusion is an opportunity for the speaker to leave a lasting impression on the audience and make a final persuasive appeal.

    Rate this question:

  • 8. 

    A speaker who pronounces aks for the word ask is committing the type of mispronunciation known as

    • A.

      Substitution.

    • B.

      Misplaced accent.

    • C.

      Inversion.

    • D.

      Occlusion.

    Correct Answer
    C. Inversion.
  • 9. 

    A typical aim of persuasion is NOT to

    • A.

      Admonish.

    • B.

      Convince.

    • C.

      Stimulate.

    • D.

      Actuate.

    Correct Answer
    A. Admonish.
    Explanation
    Persuasion is a communication technique aimed at influencing someone's beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors. While the other options (convince, stimulate, actuate) are all goals of persuasion, admonish does not align with the typical aim of persuasion. Admonishing involves reprimanding or scolding someone for their actions, which is different from persuading them to change their beliefs or behaviors. Therefore, admonish is not a typical aim of persuasion.

    Rate this question:

  • 10. 

    What is the term for an implicit comparison between things that are essentially different, yet have something in common?

    • A.

      Simile.

    • B.

      Likening.

    • C.

      Metaphor.

    • D.

      Contrast.

    Correct Answer
    C. Metaphor.
    Explanation
    Metaphor is the term for an implicit comparison between things that are essentially different, yet have something in common. Unlike simile, where a comparison is made using "like" or "as," a metaphor directly states that one thing is another. Metaphors are commonly used in literature and poetry to create vivid imagery and convey complex ideas in a concise and impactful way.

    Rate this question:

  • 11. 

    Which of the following would best serve a speaker as a central idea?

    • A.

      Witchcraft.

    • B.

      At the end of the twentieth century, the small native of Gibraltar is struggling for its economic survival.

    • C.

      To persuade the audience that credits for remedial courses should not count toward graduation.

    • D.

      Buying a personal computer.

    Correct Answer
    B. At the end of the twentieth century, the small native of Gibraltar is struggling for its economic survival.
    Explanation
    The central idea of a speech is the main point or theme that the speaker wants to convey to the audience. In this case, the statement "At the end of the twentieth century, the small native of Gibraltar is struggling for its economic survival" would best serve as a central idea because it presents a specific topic (the economic struggles of Gibraltar) and sets the stage for the speaker to discuss the challenges and potential solutions related to this issue. It provides a clear focus for the speech and allows the audience to understand the main point the speaker wants to make.

    Rate this question:

  • 12. 

    Which of the following is NOT a test that is typically used to gauge an information source's reliability?

    • A.

      Consistency.

    • B.

      Expertise.

    • C.

      Distribution and consumption patterns.

    • D.

      Record of objectivity.

    Correct Answer
    C. Distribution and consumption patterns.
    Explanation
    Distribution and consumption patterns are not typically used as tests to gauge an information source's reliability. Consistency refers to the information source being consistent in its claims and not contradicting itself. Expertise refers to the source having the necessary knowledge and qualifications in the subject matter. Record of objectivity refers to the source being unbiased and presenting information without personal bias. However, distribution and consumption patterns do not directly assess the reliability of the information source.

    Rate this question:

  • 13. 

    Each of the following is a common method of applying the subject of a speech EXCEPT

    • A.

      Appealing for future action.

    • B.

      Dedication to policy.

    • C.

      Eliciting an emotional response.

    • D.

      Abridgement.

    Correct Answer
    D. Abridgement.
    Explanation
    This question is asking for a method of applying the subject of a speech that is not common. The first three options - appealing for future action, dedication to policy, and eliciting an emotional response - are all common methods that speakers use to engage their audience and convey their message effectively. However, abridgement is not a common method of applying the subject of a speech. Abridgement refers to the act of shortening or condensing something, which is not typically done when delivering a speech.

    Rate this question:

  • 14. 

    The denial of human rights anywhere is a threat to human rights everywhere.  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The excerpt above is an example of

    • A.

      Parallelism.

    • B.

      Alliteration.

    • C.

      Hyperbole.

    • D.

      Repetition.

    Correct Answer
    A. Parallelism.
    Explanation
    The excerpt demonstrates parallelism because it uses parallel structure to emphasize the importance of human rights and justice. The phrases "the denial of human rights anywhere" and "injustice anywhere" are parallel in structure and convey the same idea, highlighting the interconnectedness of human rights and justice. Parallelism is a rhetorical device that adds emphasis and clarity to a statement by using similar grammatical structures.

    Rate this question:

  • 15. 

    A speaker states: People who study harder usually get better grades.  You want to get better grades.  Therefore, you you should study harder. This is an example of _____ reasoning.

    • A.

      Inductive.

    • B.

      Deductive.

    • C.

      Analogical.

    • D.

      Faulty.

    Correct Answer
    B. Deductive.
    Explanation
    This is an example of deductive reasoning because the speaker is using a general principle (people who study harder usually get better grades) to draw a specific conclusion (you should study harder in order to get better grades).

    Rate this question:

  • 16. 

    A _____, if spoken, would typically be most difficult for a listener to understand.

    • A.

      Compound sentence.

    • B.

      Sentence with one or more subordinate clauses.

    • C.

      Single subject followed by a succession of predicates.

    • D.

      Succession of subjects followed by a single predicate.

    Correct Answer
    B. Sentence with one or more subordinate clauses.
    Explanation
    A sentence with one or more subordinate clauses would typically be most difficult for a listener to understand because subordinate clauses often provide additional information or details that can make the sentence more complex and harder to follow. The listener would need to pay close attention to the main clause and the subordinate clauses, and understand how they are connected in order to fully comprehend the meaning of the sentence.

    Rate this question:

  • 17. 

    When gathering material for a speech, a personal interview can be most effective in each of the following circumstances EXCEPT when

    • A.

      The speaker has access to a person with specialized knowldge.

    • B.

      The speaker requires up-to-the-minute information.

    • C.

      A broad range of information is needed.

    • D.

      A particular person's viewpoint will add interest and force to a speech.

    Correct Answer
    C. A broad range of information is needed.
    Explanation
    A personal interview can be most effective in each of the given circumstances except when a broad range of information is needed. In a personal interview, the speaker can gather detailed and specific information from the interviewee, which is beneficial when the speaker requires up-to-the-minute information or when they have access to a person with specialized knowledge. Additionally, a personal interview can add interest and force to a speech when a particular person's viewpoint is included. However, if a broad range of information is needed, it may be more appropriate to gather information from multiple sources or research materials rather than relying solely on a personal interview.

    Rate this question:

  • 18. 

    A speaker wants to show how General Custer was outsmarted and outmaneuvered at the battle of the Little Bighorn.  The speaker's clearest and most effective option for a visual aid to demonstrate this is a(n)

    • A.

      Drawing.

    • B.

      Map.

    • C.

      Scaled model.

    • D.

      Chart.

    Correct Answer
    B. Map.
    Explanation
    A map would be the clearest and most effective visual aid to demonstrate how General Custer was outsmarted and outmaneuvered at the battle of the Little Bighorn. A map can clearly show the geographical layout of the battlefield, the positions of the different forces, and the movements and strategies employed by both sides. It can provide a visual representation of how Custer's forces were surrounded and overwhelmed by the Native American tribes, highlighting the tactical advantage they had. A map can also help the audience understand the significance of the terrain and how it influenced the outcome of the battle.

    Rate this question:

  • 19. 

    _____ is NOT a type of resonator found in the pharyngeal cavity.

    • A.

      Laryngopharynx.

    • B.

      Glottopharynx.

    • C.

      Oropharynx.

    • D.

      Nasopharynx.

    Correct Answer
    B. Glottopharynx.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Glottopharynx. The glottopharynx is not a type of resonator found in the pharyngeal cavity. The pharyngeal cavity consists of three types of resonators: laryngopharynx, oropharynx, and nasopharynx. The glottopharynx is not a recognized anatomical term and does not refer to a resonator in the pharyngeal cavity.

    Rate this question:

  • 20. 

    Which of the following is an example of an open-ended question?

    • A.

      Do you personally know anyone who has become infected with the AIDS virus?

    • B.

      To what extent do you think a person's HIV status affects his or her career prospects? no effect __/__/__/__/__/__/__ strong effect

    • C.

      How would you react if you learned a close friend had become infected with the AIDS virus?

    • D.

      Do you know what the acronym AIDS stands for?

    Correct Answer
    C. How would you react if you learned a close friend had become infected with the AIDS virus?
    Explanation
    An open-ended question allows for a wide range of possible responses and encourages the person to provide their own thoughts and opinions. In this question, "How would you react if you learned a close friend had become infected with the AIDS virus?", there is no specific answer or limit to the possible reactions. Different individuals may have different emotional, practical, or supportive responses to such news, making it an example of an open-ended question.

    Rate this question:

  • 21. 

    _____ is NOT a device that can be used to create or alter the rhythm in a speech.

    • A.

      Alliteration.

    • B.

      Onomatopoeia.

    • C.

      Parallelism.

    • D.

      Antithesis.

    Correct Answer
    B. Onomatopoeia.
    Explanation
    Onomatopoeia is not a device that can be used to create or alter the rhythm in a speech. Onomatopoeia refers to the use of words that imitate or suggest the sound they represent, such as "buzz" or "hiss." While onomatopoeia can add sensory appeal to a speech by creating vivid auditory imagery, it does not directly affect the rhythm or flow of the speech. The other options, alliteration, parallelism, and antithesis, are all devices that can be used to create or alter the rhythm in a speech.

    Rate this question:

  • 22. 

    Nonverbal communication by means of manipulating personal and public space is known as

    • A.

      Stationing.

    • B.

      Kinesics.

    • C.

      Alignment.

    • D.

      Proxemics.

    Correct Answer
    D. Proxemics.
    Explanation
    Proxemics refers to the study of how individuals use personal and public space to communicate nonverbally. It involves the manipulation of physical distance between people during interactions. This can include the use of intimate space for close relationships or the use of personal space for casual or professional interactions. Proxemics plays a crucial role in understanding cultural differences in communication and can convey various messages and meanings without the use of words.

    Rate this question:

  • 23. 

    In preparing a speech, a person outlines her main points as follows: 1) The information revolution is producing technologies that will alter our educational system. 2) The information revolution is rapidly changing the structure of the average person's workday. 3) The information revolution is on track to change even the way Americans spend their leisure time. In what way has the person arranged her main points?

    • A.

      Chronologically.

    • B.

      Causally.

    • C.

      Topically.

    • D.

      Spatially.

    Correct Answer
    C. Topically.
    Explanation
    The person has arranged her main points topically. This means that she has organized her speech based on different topics or themes related to the information revolution. Each main point addresses a different aspect of the revolution, such as its impact on education, work, and leisure time. The points are not arranged chronologically, causally, or spatially, as they do not follow a specific order of time, cause and effect, or physical arrangement.

    Rate this question:

  • 24. 

    In English, each of the following consonant sounds is classified as a glide EXCEPT

    • A.

      L.

    • B.

      J.

    • C.

      R.

    • D.

      W.

    Correct Answer
    A. L.
    Explanation
    The consonant sounds "l," "j," "r," and "w" are all classified as glides. Glides are sounds that involve a smooth transition from one sound to another, and these consonants fit that description. Therefore, the correct answer is "l" because it is not classified as a glide.

    Rate this question:

  • 25. 

    _____ is the process of telling how things appeal to the sences.

    • A.

      Description.

    • B.

      Narration.

    • C.

      Exposition.

    • D.

      Explanation.

    Correct Answer
    A. Description.
    Explanation
    Description is the correct answer because it refers to the process of providing detailed information about something, including its appearance, sound, smell, taste, and texture. This process appeals to the senses and helps the reader or listener form a clear mental image of the subject being described. Narration, exposition, and explanation are different types of writing or communication that serve different purposes and do not necessarily focus on appealing to the senses.

    Rate this question:

Quiz Review Timeline +

Our quizzes are rigorously reviewed, monitored and continuously updated by our expert board to maintain accuracy, relevance, and timeliness.

  • Current Version
  • Mar 22, 2023
    Quiz Edited by
    ProProfs Editorial Team
  • Aug 20, 2011
    Quiz Created by
    JLee1
Back to Top Back to top
Advertisement
×

Wait!
Here's an interesting quiz for you.

We have other quizzes matching your interest.