Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 15 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 correctly lists the contents of the title page of a formal report, as presented in Chapter 15, and describes the purpose and content of the summary that is commonly included on the title page?
    Title of the report, author, recipient, date, executive summary. The executive summary provides an overview of the topics covered in the report.
    Title of the report, author, recipient, date, descriptive abstract. The descriptive abstract summarizes the key facts and conclusions of the report.
    Title of the report, author, recipient, date, executive summary.The executive summary summarizes the key facts and conclusions of the report.
    Title of the report, author, recipient, date, descriptive abstract. The descriptive abstract provides an overview of the topics covered in the report.

  2. Which of the following best describes the executive organizational approach and its usefulness?
    It places summary and conclusions at the end; readers arrive at these essential parts of the report only after they've read the supporting details.
    It places summary and conclusions at the end; readers can open directly to these essential parts of the report and dig into the details only if they choose.
    It places summary and conclusions up front; readers can open directly to these essential parts of the report and dig into the details only if they choose.
    It places summary and conclusions up front; readers arrive at these essential parts of the report only after they've read the supporting details.

  3. Which of the following best describes the three overall formats (or "packaging") you can use for reports and the situations in which you'd want to use each one?
    Formal and informal
    Formal-report format with transmittal letter or memo; business-letter format; memo format
    Print and online

  4. Which of the following best describes how the transmittal letter is included in a formal technical report?
    It's paper-clipped on to the front cover of the report.
    It's the first page of the report (just after the cover and before the title page).
    It's the first appendix of the report.

  5. Which of the following best explains the difference between the cover page and title page in terms of content and format?
    The cover page shows the title of the report and possibly the author, recipient, and date; the title page shows the title, author, recipient, and date and includes the table of contents.
    The title page shows the title of the report and possibly the author, recipient, and date; the cover page shows the title, author, recipient, and date and includes the table of contents.
    The cover page shows the title of the report and possibly the author, recipient, and date; the title page shows the title, author, recipient, and date and includes the executive summary.
    The title page shows the title of the report and possibly the author, recipient, and date; the cover page shows the title, author, recipient, and date and includes the executive summary.
    The cover page shows the title of the report and possibly the author, recipient, and date; the title page shows the title, author, recipient, and date and includes the descriptive abstract.
    The title page shows the title of the report and possible the author, recipient, and date; the cover page shows the title, author, recipient, and date and includes the descriptive abstract.

  6. Which of the following best explains the differences between the informative abstract and executive summary, as presented in Chapter 15?
    The informative abstract summarizes key data and conclusions contained in each segment of the report; the executive summary overviews the contents of the report and reports key conclusions.
    The executive summary summarizes key data and conclusions contained in each segment of the report; the informative abstract overviews the contents of the report and reports key conclusions.
    The informative abstract provides an overview of the topics covered in the report; the executive summary overviews the contents of the report and reports key conclusions.
    The executive summary provides an overview of the topics covered in the report; the informative abstract overviews the contents of the report and reports key conclusions.
    The informative abstract provides an overview of the topics covered in the report; the executive summary summarizes key data and conclusions contained in each segment of the report.
    The executive summary provides an overview of the topics covered in the report; the informative abstract summarizes key data and conclusions contained in each segment of the report.

  7. Which of the following best describes what Chapter 15 recommends as the best types of bindings for formal technical reports?
    Plastic spiral; wire spiral; perfect-bound; plastic sleeve with clear plastic covers
    Plastic spiral, wire spiral, or perfect-bound only
    Plastic sleeve with clear plastic covers only

  8. Which of the following best describes the contents of the transmittal letter in a formal technical report?
    It announces the purpose of the report, summarizes the key facts and conclusions of the report but in the format of a business letter, and encourages the recipient to get in touch.
    It announces the purpose of the report, summarizes only the key conclusions of the report but in the format of a business letter, and encourages the recipient to get in touch.
    It announces the purpose of the report, provides an overview of the contents of the report but in the format of a business letter, and encourages the recipient to get in touch.

  9. Which of the following best explains what “formal” means in the term formal technical report?
    It does not use contractions, slang, or humor.
    It contains elements of a report such as binding, covers, table of contents, abstracts, and bibliography.
    It focuses on technical, scientific, and industrial topics, reporting research done in laboratories and in the field.

  10. According to Chapter 15, one kind of font is used for body text and another for headings. Which of the following best explains those kinds of fonts?
    Arial (or other serif font) for headings and Times New Roman (or other sans serif font) for body text.
    Arial (or other serif font) for body text and Times New Roman (or other sans serif font) for headings.
    Arial (or other sans serif font) for both body text and for headings.
    Times New Roman (or other serif font) for both body text and for headings.
    Arial (or other sans serif font) for headings and Times New Roman (or other serif font) for body text.
    Arial (or other sans serif font) for body text and Times New Roman (or other serif font) for headings.
    Arial (or other serif font) for both body text and for headings.
    Times New Roman (or other sans serif font) for both body text and for headings.


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