Question 1 of 20 5.0 Points
Questions such as "Who uses it? and "What is its value? relate to which component of a definition?
A. Physical characteristics
Question 2 of 20 5.0 Points
In constructing formal definitions, you should:
A. make the genus as broad as possible.
B. make the genus as narrow as possible.
C. make the differentia as exclusive as possible.
D. avoid all classifications.
Question 3 of 20 5.0 Points
Which of the following would NOT be used in creating an informal definition?
A. A synonym
B. An antonym
C. A classification
D. An analogy
Question 4 of 20 5.0 Points
A(n) __________ definition summarizes or outlines the primary steps involved in the function, usually in chronological order.
Question 5 of 20 5.0 Points
Expanded definitions commonly include history, examples, and:
D. drawings and illustrations.
Question 6 of 20 5.0 Points
A(n) __________ is a mini-dictionary usually located either at the beginning or end of a technical document.
D. online help link
Question 7 of 20 5.0 Points
When documents are lengthy and audience's backgrounds are widely varied, __________ can be created and placed at the end of the document to provide operational and expanded definitions of critical concepts; they can be used by those who need additional information and ignored by readers who do not need the explanations.
D. information notes
Question 8 of 20 5.0 Points
Which of the following statements is NOT true about technical descriptions?
A. Technical descriptions provide accurate information about physical features, but they rarely have any further impact.
B. Sometimes technical descriptions constitute an entire document.
C. Most of the time, technical descriptions are limited to a single segment of a longer document or presentation.
D. Technical descriptions provide verifiable information that corresponds to assumed questions, such as What is it? What does it look like?
Question 9 of 20 5.0 Points
Common applications for technical descriptions include observation notes, training materials, and:
A. editorial viewpoints.
B. proposals and reports.
C. newspaper articles.
D. e-mail communications.
Question 10 of 20 5.0 Points
Some characteristics that help to make technical descriptions accessible in technical manuals are run-in headings, serif font, and:
A. accurate vocabulary.
B. lengthy explanations.
C. embedded figures.
D. short paragraphs.
Question 11 of 20 5.0 Points
Components which comprise the physical aspects of a device, without regard to purpose are:
A. graphical components.
B. functional parts.
C. structural parts.
Question 12 of 20 5.0 Points
If the purpose of a specific visual is to describe individual parts in relation to the whole or to give an image of each individual component, then the selected visual should be:
A. photographs, realistic drawings, or contour maps.
B. phantom views, schematics, or cross-section maps.
C. exploded views, cutaways, blueprints, or drawings of individual parts.
D. photographs, videos, or realistic drawings.
Question 13 of 20 5.0 Points
Which of the following is appropriate for the conclusion of a technical description?
A. What is its history?
B. What separates it from similar objects?
C. What are the benefits or problems?
D. Where does the object fit in relation to similar ones?
Question 14 of 20 5.0 Points
__________ explain sequential actions to members of an audience who need enough details to understand an action or process, but not enough to necessarily enable them to complete it.
A. Process explanations
B. Technical descriptions
D. Benefits or advantages
Question 15 of 20 5.0 Points
Faced with negative consequences such asÂ difficulty getting hired at other companies within the same field,Â what would most likely be a valid reason for whyÂ a technical communicator would choose to be a whistleblower when directed, for example, to document in writing the safety of a hazardous product or process?
A. Attention-seeking behavior
B. Legal requirements and a sense of responsibility to the community.
C. Promotion or pay raise
D. Lack of loyalty to employer
Question 16 of 20 5.0 Points
An effective way to present a process explanation that precedes step-by-step instructions is:
A. to insert a photograph of the final product.
B. to make a chart of the benefits of the product.
C. to construct a graph of production outcomes for the last month.
D. to create a flowchart.
Question 17 of 20 5.0 Points
In preparing a process explanation, the step of __________ forms the basis (backbone) of the process explanation and aids in designing visuals.
A. listing the sequence of steps in the process
B. identifying the audience
C. organizing the material
D. choosing the diction
Question 18 of 20 5.0 Points
An overview of an entire sequence can be provided by timelines as well as by:
A. pie charts.
B. bar graphs.
D. scatter graphs.
Question 19 of 20 5.0 Points
When writing process explanations, use active voice when:
A. the action involves a person and you want to emphasize the recipient of the action.
B. when the person doing the the action is insignificant or unimportant.
C. when the action does not involve a person and you want to emphasize the recipient of the action.
D. the action involves a person and you want to emphasize the operator or the doer of the action.
Question 20 of 20 5.0 Points
Because process explanations are chronological, writers often use __________ to signal movement from one part of the process to the next.