Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 8 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 the term lists as it used in Chapter 8 of Power Tools?
    Formatting techniques that alert readers to the potential for failure, damage to equipment, or physical injury.
    Formatting techniques that indicate the topic of the paragraphs that follow.
    Formatting techniques that make text easier to follow and emphasize key points.

  2. Which of the following best explains the difference between using numbered lists as opposed to bulleted lists?
    Use bulleted lists for items in no necessary order; use numbered lists for items that are in a required order.
    Use bulleted lists for specific steps that readers must perform; use numbered lists for everything else.
    Use numbered lists for items in no necessary order; use bulleted lists for items that are in a required order.
    Use numbered lists for specific steps that readers must perform; use bulleted lists for everything else.

  3. Which of the following best describes the difference between the in-sentence list and the simple list?
    The in-sentence list uses parenthetical numbers or letters to indicate the list items right in the sentence in regular paragraph format. The simple list shows the list items vertically but does not use bullets, numbers, or any other symbol.
    The in-sentence list uses parenthetical numbers or bullets to indicate the list items right in the sentence in regular paragraph format. The simple list shows the list items vertically but does not use bullets, numbers, or any other symbol.
    The simple list list uses parenthetical numbers or letters to indicate the list items right in the sentence in regular paragraph format. The in-sentence shows the list items vertically but does not use bullets, numbers, or any other symbol.
    The simple list list uses parenthetical numbers or bullets to indicate the list items right in the sentence in regular paragraph format. The in-sentence shows the list items vertically but does not use bullets, numbers, or any other symbol.

  4. Which of the following best explains what should precede a list and how it should be punctuated?
    A heading that indicates the content or meaning of the list and that is punctuated with a colon.
    A heading that indicates the content or meaning of the list and that is punctuated with a semicolon.
    A sentence, phrase or clause that indicates the content or meaning of the list and that is punctuated with a colon.
    A sentence, phrase or clause that indicates the content or meaning of the list and that is punctuated with a semicolon.

  5. Which of the following best explains what it means for lists to be parallel in phrasing and provides the best example of list items that are not parallel in phrasing?
    Parallelism refers to items being about the same length: setting the current time, setting a wake-up time, adjusting the volume.
    Parallelism refers to items using the same style of phrasing: setting the current time, setting a wake-up time, adjusting the volume.
    Parallelism refers to items being about the same length: setting the current time, setting a wake-up time, adjust the volume.
    Parallelism refers to items using the same style of phrasing: setting the current time, setting a wake-up time, adjust the volume.

  6. Which of the following best states the guidelines in Chapter 8 for punctuating individual list items?
    Punctuate each list items with a period in all cases.
    Except for the last item, punctuate list items with a comma in all cases.
    Punctuate list items with a comma.
    Punctuate list items with a period only if they are complete sentences; otherwise, use no punctuation on list items.
    Punctuate list items with a period only if they are complete sentences; otherwise, use commas on each list item (except for the last).

  7. Which of the following best identifies which type of list you would use for three important points in a summary of a report?
    Bulleted list
    Numbered list
    Simple list

  8. Which of the following best identifies which type of list you would use for directions to the airport?
    Bulleted list
    Numbered list
    Simple list

  9. Which of the following best describes the nested list and the format it uses?
    List items with an introductory phrase italicized or bolded and punctuated with a colon, dash, or period.
    List items that are sublists to higher-level items; list items that act as lead-ins to lower-level list items.
    List items that are formatted vertically but do not use bullets, numbers or any other symbol.

  10. Which of the following best describes the labeled list and the format it uses?
    List items with an introductory phrase italicized or bolded and punctuated with a colon, dash, or period.
    List items that are sublists to higher-level items; list items that act as lead-ins to lower-level list items.
    List items that are formatted vertically but do not use bullets, numbers or any other symbol.


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