Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 19 Quiz


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  1. Explain whether most readers of technical information have strong technical backgrounds and why.

  2. In the traditional approach to audiences, one category reads technical information to make business or governmental decisions but may not have much actual technical knowledge about the topic. Explain which audience that is.

  3. Also in the traditional approach to audiences, another category reads technical information to build, operate, or repair equipment. Explain which audience that is.

  4. The traditional classification of audience uses two bases of classification. Explain what those are.

  5. Describe the technique recommended by Chapter 19 of Power Tools for Technical Communication for the process of writing for an audience.

  6. Describe what is wrong with the older metaphors for the process of writing for an audience.

  7. Define what Chapter 19 means by tasks, and provide some examples.

  8. Explain how task analysis can be used in noninstructional writing projects.

  9. Discuss at what point in a writing project you should analyze your audience and why.

  10. Explain why audience is often the most important factor in the success or failure of a technical document.

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