1. Good writers are likely to: (Points: 5)
stick to one basic strategy that works for them.
adhere strictly to a set of established rules for writing.
break big jobs into small chunks.
edit the document during the process of writing the first draft.
2. Which of the following writing processes is LEAST likely to produce good writing? (Points: 5)
Have several different strategies to choose from
Have clear goals focusing on purpose and audience
Use rules as guidelines that can be adjusted when necessary
Edit documents as they are being written
3. What technique for generating ideas involves writing down ideas, circling them, and looking for patterns or repeated ideas? (Points: 5)
4. Someone who sits down regularly to write but cannot think of anything to say is experiencing: (Points: 5)
5. Samuel is freewriting to generate ideas for his business proposal. This involves: (Points: 5)
writing down ideas a topic suggests, circling them and looking for patterns or repeated ideas.
thinking of all the ideas he can, without judging them.
making himself write, without stopping, for 10 minutes.
talking to audiences to help involve readers in the planning process.
6. When brainstorming, you obviously want good ideas. Researchers, managers, and inventors say that it is a good idea to do all of the following EXCEPT: (Points: 5)
7. Kristen analyzes her audience to determine how much background information they will need in order to understand the main point of her message. What part of the writing process does this activity represent? (Points: 5)
8. Before writing a recommendation report to the CEO, Dee and Carlos distribute a survey to everyone in their company to determine which new benefits employees are most interested in. What part of the writing process does this activity represent? (Points: 5)
9. Matthew interviews the director of computing services to get information for the company newsletter. What part of the writing process does this activity represent? (Points: 5)
10. Ben chooses a pattern of organization before he begins a letter. What part of the writing process does this activity represent? (Points: 5)
11. Terry realizes that the draft of her memo announcing a new suggestion system mentions who will be evaluating the suggestions on both the first and second pages, so she deletes the second reference and adds a little more to the first. What part of the writing process does this activity represent? (Points: 5)
12. Which of the following is NOT something to check during a thorough revision? (Points: 5)
Style and tone
Punctuation and spelling
Content and clarity
13. You ask for feedback on a proposal and are told "I don't believe your claims. Your facts must be wrong." You are confident that your facts are indeed correct. You should: (Points: 5)
write a memo to the proofreader's supervisor before sending the final proposal.
make your claims more moderate because you must adapt your message to the audience.
document the source of your facts and give more information to back up your claims.
delay sending the proposal until the reader's reaction changes.
14. If you were to revise a document three times, which of the following is something you would NOT be looking for in the final revision? (Points: 5)
Style and tone
15. If you have time to do only a light revision, you should ask yourself all of the following questions, EXCEPT: (Points: 5)
Are the first and last paragraphs effective?
Are numbers correct?
Does the design of the document make it easy for readers to get the information they need?
Is the logic clear?
16. When Joshua realizes that his persuasive memo doesn't counteract the most obvious probable objections, he adds two additional paragraphs. What part of the writing process does this activity represent? (Points: 5)
17. During a group meeting when they are each reading a draft of their formal report, Madiha and Anne realize that sometimes they have used the word "there" correctly and sometimes the word should be "their." They use their word processor's "find" feature to help them locate all the places they used "there" so they can determine if it is correct or not. Which part of the writing process does this activity represent? (Points: 5)
18. Which of the following would NOT be part of the editing process? (Points: 5)
Checking for subject-verb agreement in sentences throughout a document
Ensuring that the document conveys a positive tone and friendly style
Running the spell checker to uncover possible spelling errors
Verifying that numbers presented in tables have been typed in correctly
19. Which of the following would a spell checker catch as an error? (Points: 5)
Typing "it's" instead of "its"
Typing "recieved" instead of "received"
Typing "accept" instead of "except"
Typing "to" instead of "too"
20. In which part of the writing process is it most important to know the rules of grammar and punctuation? (Points: 5)