Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 21 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 explains the concept of intellectual property?
    Original ideas and expressions of an individual
    Reference information about a technical topic such as a mechanism, process, or phenomenon
    Information from a research project including literature review, methodology, procedure, findings, and conclusions

  2. Which of the following best describes different ways you can borrow information (different types of information) and be guilty of plagiarism if you do not indicate the sources of that information?
    Direct quotations, paraphrases, summaries, graphics
    Direct quotations only
    Direct quotations and graphics only
    Direct quotations, paraphrases, and graphics only

  3. Which of the following best explains how you are protecting intellectual property when you cite the sources of information that you borrow to write a document?
    You are avoiding disclosure of the person or group of people who created (originated, developed, researched) the information or expression that you are borrowing—protecting their privacy.
    You establish or perpetuate the fact that a person or group of people created (originated, developed, researched) the information or expression that you are borrowing—not you.
    You are paying the person who created (originated, developed, researched) the information or expression for the right to borrow that material—not stealing it.

  4. Which of the following best describes how the number system works to indicate sources of borrowed information?
    You create an alphabetical list of sources you use, put it at the end of the document, and refer to it using the last names of the authors.
    You create a numbered alphabetical list of sources you use, put it at the end of the document, and refer to it using the numbers.
    You create a list of sources you use in order of first occurrence in the document, put the list at the end of the document, and refer to it using the last names of the authors.
    You create a numbered list of sources you use in order of first occurrence in the document, put the list at the end of the document, and refer to it using the numbers.
    You create a numbered list of sources you use in order of first occurrence in the document, put the list at the end of the document, and refer to it using the last names of the authors.
    You create a numbered alphabetical list of sources you use in order of first occurrence in the document, put the list at the end of the document, and refer to it using the numbers.

  5. Which of the following names two examples of the number system used by professional organizations?
    MLA, APA
    CBE, IEEE
    MLA, IEEE
    CBE, MLA
    CBE, APA
    APA, IEEE

  6. Some documentation styles require that you not use quotation marks, italics, or bold on the names of books and periodicals. However, for the documentation styles that do, which of the following best explains what to do?
    Use quotation marks on book and periodical names.
    Use bold on book and periodical names.
    Use italics on book and periodical names.
    Use all capital letters on book and periodical names.

  7. Similarly, some documentation styles require that you not use quotation marks, italics, or bold on the names of journal or magazine articles. However, for the documentation styles that do, which do you use?
    Use italics on article names.
    Use bold on article names.
    Use quotation marks on article names.
    Use all capital letters on article names.

  8. If you are writing an article for a professional journal in your field, which of the three documentation styles presented in Chapter 21 should you use?
    APA
    CBE
    IEEE
    MLA
    Whichever one works best for the type of information you are presenting.
    Whichever one is required by the journal or by the field.

  9. While citing the sources of information you borrow can be tedious, there are some good reasons to do so other than merely avoiding plagiarism. Which of the following states one of those reasons?
    Citing the sources of borrowed information increases the length of the document.
    Citing the sources of borrowed information makes your document look more attractive.
    Citing the sources of borrowed information makes your document more authorative.
    Citing the sources of borrowed information keeps you from being sued.

  10. Which of the following best explains what documentation means in Chapter 21 of Power Tools?
    Explanations of how to operate, assemble, or repair something.
    Notes about when something (such as a computer program) was changed, by whom, and why.
    Notes on the sources of information borrowed to write a document.
    Reference information about a technical topic such as a mechanism, process, or phenomenon.
    Information from a research project including literature review, methodology, procedure, findings, and conclusions.


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