Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 1 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 defines description as the term is used in Chapter 1 of Power Tools?
    The discussion of of physical, quantifiable details about an object with a part-by-part organization.
    The discussion of a repeated (or repeatable) series of events or actions that accomplishes something.
    The discussion of the categories belonging to a topic or a discussion of the category in which a thing belongs.
    The discussion of the meaning of a potentially unfamiliar word or phrase.
    The discussion of the similarities and differences between two or more things.
    The discussion of why something happens, the results or consequences of something happening, or both.

  2. Which of the following best describes the organizational approach recommended by Chapter 1 for writing descriptions?
    Break the topic into steps or events and discuss each one separately and in chronological sequence.
    Break the topic into steps or events and discuss each one separately with plenty of physical detail.
    Break the topic into parts or characteristics and discuss each one separately and in chronological sequence.
    Break the topic into parts or characteristics and discuss each one separately with plenty of physical detail.

  3. Which of the following best defines the sources of description and explains how you use them?
    They enable you to identify all the parts of the thing that you are describing.
    They enable you to identify all the characteristics of the thing that you are describing.
    They enable you to identify all the parts and characteristics of the thing that you are describing.
    They enable you to think of all the different ways to describe (dimensions, color, materials, etc.).

  4. Which of the following best defines product specifications as the term is used in Chapter 1 of Power Tools?
    Relatively brief reports, written internally, that discuss accidents, inspections, or field trips.
    Descriptions of the construction or operational requirements (or both) of a product or service.
    A discussion of the status of a project with a general description of the project along with accounts of work completed and work remaining.
    Presentation of the information gathered in a laboratory test or field survey, methods used to gather that information, and conclusions based on that information.
    A summary of current information about a topic aimed at meeting the needs of a specific audience that has a specific need for that information.
    Presentation of the goals by which an organization wants to operate and the specific steps required to achieve those goals.
    Comparison of two or more products, plans, or organizations, based on requirements, with a resulting choice of one (or none) of them.
    An offer or bid to do a project for a client, accompanied by supporting detail such as benefits, fasibility, schedule, methods, costs, and qualifications.
    Step-by-step explanation of how to build, operate, repair, or otherwise accomplish something.

  5. Which of the following best describes the formatting used in product specifications?
    Standard indented paragraphs
    Standard unindented paragraphs
    Outline- or decimal-numbered paragraphs
    Bulleted lists for material in no required order; numbered lists for material in a required order.

  6. Which of the following best defines the informal report?
    Relatively brief reports, written internally, that discuss accidents, inspections, or field trips.
    Descriptions of the construction or operational requirements (or both) of a product or service.
    A discussion of the status of a project with a general description of the project along with accounts of work completed and work remaining.
    Presentation of the information gathered in a laboratory test or field survey, methods used to gather that information, and conclusions based on that information.
    A summary of current information about a topic aimed at meeting the needs of a specific audience that has a specific need for that information.
    Presentation of the goals by which an organization wants to operate and the specific steps required to achieve those goals.
    Comparison of two or more products, plans, or organizations, based on requirements, with a resulting choice of one (or none) of them.
    An offer or bid to do a project for a client, accompanied by supporting detail such as benefits, fasibility, schedule, methods, costs, and qualifications.
    Step-by-step explanation of how to build, operate, repair, or otherwise accomplish something.

  7. Which of the following best explains the essential difference between an investigative report and an accident report?
    An investigative report simply describes the scene of the accident, whereas an accident report goes further by searching for the causes of the accident.
    An accident report simply describes the scene of the accident, whereas an inestigative report goes further by searching for the causes of the accident.
    An accident report simply narrates what the reporter did at the site, whereas an investigative report goes further by evaluating the marketability of the site.
    An investigative report simply narrates what the reporter did at the site, whereas an accident report goes further by evaluating the marketability of the site.

  8. Imagine that you must describe a flashlight; which of the following is the best list of the topics you’d cover?
    How to open the flashlight and insert batteries; how to turn on the flashlight; how to turn off the flashlight; how to replace the bulb; how to take care of the flashlight.
    Reflector, bulb, connector, body, switch, battery compartment, head.
    Best flashlight brands, best batteries, best bulbs.

  9. In the introduction to a description are several elements that are common to any introduction, but one element is unique to descriptions. Which of the following is the best answer?
    The overview of the topics to be discussed, in this case, the parts or characteristics.
    The definition of the thing about to be described.
    A general description description of the thing about to be described.

  10. Which of the following best explains one of the biggest problems with descriptions?
    Too few physical details about the thing being described.
    Too many physical details about the thing being described.
    Too much information on how to operate the thing being described.
    Too little information on how to operate the thing being described.


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