Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 4 Quiz


For each of the following questions, select the best answer according to this chapter of Power Tools for Technical Communication, and then press Check answers.

  1. Which of the following best describes the point-by-point approach to organizing and writing comparisons?
    Break the topic into steps or events and discuss each one separately and in chronological sequence.
    Identify categories and discuss the topics in relation to each of those categories.
    Break the topic into parts or characteristics and discuss each one separately and in chronological sequence.
    Discuss various aspects of one topic and then discuss the various related aspects of the other topic.

  2. Which of the following best describes the whole-to-whole approach to organizing and writing comparisons?
    Break the topic into steps or events and discuss each one separately and in chronological sequence.
    Identify categories and discuss the topics in relation to each of those categories.
    Break the topic into parts or characteristics and discuss each one separately and in chronological sequence.
    Discuss various aspects of one topic and then discuss the various related aspects of the other topic.

  3. Explain which approach — the whole-to-whole approach or the point-by-point approach — Chapter 4 recommends for writing comparisons and why?
    Point-by-point approach: it's more organized because you compare two or more things one category (point) at a time.
    Whole-to-whole approach: it's more organized because you compare two or more things one category (point) at a time.
    Point-by-point approach: it's more organized because you fully discuss one item being compared and then the other.
    Whole-to-whole approach: it's more organized because you fully discuss one item being compared and then the other.

  4. Which of the following highlights transition words and phrases that you would expect to see in comparisons?
    Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking technology is the most accurate of the four programs tested. Although Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking is the most expensive, it offers the best function while the other options considered are barely adequate.
    Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking technology is the most accurate of the four programs tested. Although Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking is the most expensive, it offers the best function while the other options considered are barely adequate.
    Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking technology is the most accurate of the four programs tested. Although Dragon Systems' NaturallySpeaking is the most expensive, it offers the best function while the other options considered are barely adequate.

  5. Which of the following best explains the difference between a feasibility report and a recommendation report?
    A recommendation report discusses whether a plan will actually work; a feasibility report discusses several options and identifies one as the best.
    A feasibility report discusses whether a plan will actually work; a recommendation report discusses several options and identifies one as the best.
    A feasibility report discusses whether a plan will actually work; a recommendation report discuss how well a project or program lived up to its expectations.
    A recommendation report discusses whether a plan will actually work; a feasibility report discuss how well a project or program lived up to its expectations.

  6. Which of the following best explains the difference between a recommendation report and an evaluation report?
    A recommendation report discusses whether a plan will actually work; an evaluation report discusses several options and identifies one as the best.
    An evaluation report discusses several options and identifies one as the best; a recommendation report discusses how well a project or program lived up to its expectations.
    A recommendation report discusses several options and identifies one as the best; an evaluation report discusses how well a project or program lived up to its expectations.
    A recommendation report discusses whether a plan will actually work; an evaluation report discuss how well a project or program lived up to its expectations.

  7. Which of the following best explains the difference between a primary conclusion and a secondary conclusion?
    A primary conclusion is one based on a single point of comparison; a secondary conclusion resolves conflicting primary conclusions.
    A primary conclusion states the overall best choice of the items compared; a secondary conclusion is one based on a single point of comparison.
    A secondary conclusion is one based on a single point of comparison; a primary conclusion resolves conflicting secondary conclusions.
    A secondary conclusion states the overall best choice of the items compared; a primary conclusion is one based on a single point of comparison.

  8. Which of the following best explains the difference between a conclusion and a recommendation?
    A conclusion states which option is the best in terms of a single comparison (or several conflicting conclusions). A recommendation states which is best of all the options compared.
    A recommendation states which option is the best in terms of a single comparison (or several conflicting conclusions). A conclusion states which is best of all the options compared.
    A recommendation states which option is the best in terms of a single comparison (or several conflicting conclusions). A conclusion states whether some action should be taken concerning the best choice.
    A conclusion states which option is the best in terms of a single comparison (or several conflicting conclusions). A recommendation states whether some action should be taken concerning the best choice.

  9. Which of the following best describes the summary table as it is used in recommendation, evaluation, and feasibility reports?
    Lists the options about to compared.
    Lists the points of comparison that will used to compare the different options.
    Lists key comparative information for each option being compared.
    Lists the final recommendations on the options that were compared.

  10. Which of the following best illustrates a topic list based on a point-by-point comparison?
    Blood glucose monitors: introduction, background, criteria, comparisons, recommendations
    Blood glucose monitors: accuracy, cost, ease of use, speed of operation, memory
    Blood glucose monitors: Roche's Accu Check, Roche's One Touch, SureStep and Lifescan's FastTake, and Bayer's Glucometer


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