Review: Characteristics Of Technical Writing

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Technical Writing Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz will help you prepare your test on the characteristics of technical writing. Questions 1-7 are based on this article from The Globe and Mail website. The rest are based on your handouts.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the purpose of this article?
    • A. 

      To persuade

    • B. 

      To recommend

    • C. 

      To propose

    • D. 

      To instruct

    • E. 

      To inform

  • 2. 
    What is the "level of technicality" of this document?
    • A. 

      Highly technical

    • B. 

      Semi-technical

    • C. 

      Non-technical

  • 3. 
    What is the main point of this article?
    • A. 

      The platypus is an extraordinary animal.

    • B. 

      We can learn much about evolution of mammals' biology through the study of platypus DNA.

    • C. 

      Platypus DNA has many similarities to that of birds and mammals.

    • D. 

      The platypus has been protected since the early 1900's.

  • 4. 
    Technical writing does not show the _____________ of the author.
  • 5. 
    Which of the following should a writer consider about their audience?
    • A. 

      Knowledge

    • B. 

      Level of ability

    • C. 

      Interest

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    Writers of technical documents avoid the use of which kind of words?
    • A. 

      Adjectives

    • B. 

      Adverbs

    • C. 

      Personal Pronouns

    • D. 

      Conjunctions

  • 7. 
    The information in a piece of technical writing should always be ______________.
  • 8. 
    You should present information in a piece of technical writing in what kind of order?
    • A. 

      Logical

    • B. 

      Alphabetical

    • C. 

      Numerical

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    A technical writer should use a ____________ tone when they are writing.
  • 10. 
    The following is an example of what kind of sentence?"The platypus is classed as a mammal because it has fur and feeds its young with milk."
    • A. 

      Simple

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Complex

    • D. 

      Compound-complex

  • 11. 
    The following is an example of what kind of sentence?"Unique to Australia, the platypus has confounded observers for centuries".
    • A. 

      Simple

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Complex

    • D. 

      Compound-complex

  • 12. 
    The following is an example of what kind of sentence?"Platypuses live in the wild along most of Australia's east coast."
    • A. 

      Simple

    • B. 

      Compound

    • C. 

      Complex

    • D. 

      Compound-complex

  • 13. 
    Technical writing should be _____ to read for its audience.
  • 14. 
    A sentence definition should include:
    • A. 

      A term

    • B. 

      A class

    • C. 

      Distinguishing features

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above