Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 16 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 why technical writing courses often contain a unit on oral reports?
    Because employers are looking for people with good oral-presentation skills as well as writing skills.
    Because employers are looking for people with good writing skills as well as oral-presentation skills.
    Because students in technical-writing courses need to be ready to present their research orally at scholarly conferences.

  2. Which of the following best explains what is the one thing you want to avoid if you use a script to help in your delivery of an oral report?
    Reading it word for word without ever looking up at your audience.
    Making eye contact with your audience.
    Using verbal headings to signal your listeners that you are moving from one section of your oral report to the next.

  3. Which of the following best explains what Chapter 16 means by “finding the infrastructure” when you deliver an oral report?
    Determining whether your oral report is primarily a recommendation report, progress report, policies and procedures, specifications, or instructions and adapting those infrastructures accordingly.
    Using the proper, standard outlining style including roman numerals, capital letters, arabic numerals, and so on, and the also the standard indetation.
    Determining whether your oral report is primarily description, process, cause-effect, comparison, classification, definition, or persuasion and adapting those infrastructures accordingly.

  4. Which of the following best describes the important elements to include in the introduction to an oral report?
    Verbal headings, references to visuals, eye contact, and visuals
    Background, definition of key terms, sources for further information
    Who you are, what topic and purpose are, what you are covering, and something to get your audience interested

  5. If you were absolutely at a loss for visuals to use in an oral report, which of the following would be the best possibility (or possibilities)?
    A photograph of yourself with key information about your career to date
    Your resume
    An outline of the main topics and subtopics of your oral report
    Decorative images relating to the season in which you are delivering the oral report or relating to the unique characeristics of the geographic region in which you are delivering that report

  6. Chapter 16 mentions something called verbal headings. Which of the following best explains what those are and how they function in an oral report?
    Visuals that indicate the next topic of your oral report; you display these as transparencies each time you move from one section to the next.
    Words and phrases you use to signal to listeners that you are moving from one section to the next in your oral presentation
    Headings in the printed script of your oral presentation

  7. Which of the following best explains how presentation software can be useful in oral reports?
    It enables you to enter data and quickly get averages and totals and to create charts, graphs, and tables.
    It enables you create drawings and diagrams or to develop drawings and diagrams from scanned photographs.
    It enables you to show your entire oral report as slides displayed by computer.

  8. Which of the following best explains what Chapter 16 means by transparency handouts and how they can be useful in an oral report?
    Diskettes on which you provide your oral report as you designed it using presentation software (such as Microsoft Powerpoint). Listeners can easily review your entire oral report.
    Diskettes on which you provide the electronic files containing the content of the transparencies you used in your oral report. Listeners can easily review the main points in your oral report.
    Photocopies of your transparencies; listeners can easily take notes on them.
    Photocopies of the script of your oral report; listeners can easily take notes in the margins.

  9. Which of the following best explains why you cannot simply read a written report for an oral report?
    Doing so creates too much eye contact with the audience and increases the chances you will get off subject and forget where you are in your oral presentation.
    Doing so causes you to read in a dull monotone and have no eye contact with the audience.
    Doing so will cause your oral presentation to be way too long.
    Doing so will cause your oral presentation to be way too short.

  10. Chapter 16 emphasizes a certain way of handling visuals in an oral report. Which of the following best explains what that is?
    Discuss them with the audience; point out the key details; help listeners interpret those visuals.
    Don't use too many; otherwise, listeners will stop paying attention to what you are saying and focus on the visuals exclusively.
    Don't use too few; otherwise, your listeners will get bored and stop paying attention to what you have to say.


Information and programs provided by hcexres@prismnet.com.