Power Tools for Technical Communication:
Chapter 18 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 essential differences between reviewing and revising?
    Reviewing involves studying a draft for different types of problems; revising involves fixing the problems found in the reviewing phase.
    Revising involves studying a draft for different types of problems; reviewing involves fixing the problems found in the reviewing phase.
    Reviewing involves studying a draft for "high-level" problems such as audience, content, organization, transitions; whereas revising involves studying a document for lower-level problems such as grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
    Revising involves studying a draft for "high-level" problems such as audience, content, organization, transitions; whereas reviewing involves studying a document for lower-level problems such as grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.

  2. Which of the following best describes the first-pass review?
    An examination of the draft for grammar, usage, and punctuation errors
    An examination of the draft for audience issues, content, organization, and transitions
    An examination of the draft for document type, headings, lists, tables, graphics, and highlighting

  3. Which of the following best describes the second-pass review?
    An examination of the draft for grammar, usage, and punctuation errors
    An examination of the draft for audience issues, content, organization, and transition
    An examination of the draft for document type, headings, lists, tables, graphics, and highlighting

  4. Which of the following best describes the third-pass review?
    An examination of the draft for grammar, usage, and punctuation errors
    An examination of the draft for audience issues, content, organization, and transition
    An examination of the draft for document type, headings, lists, tables, graphics, and highlighting

  5. Which of the following best describes what readability statistics for documents are and why you might want to check them for a rough draft?
    They indicate how easy or difficult it may be to read your draft.
    They pinpoint problems such as grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
    They identify problems involving audience, conetnt, organization, transitions.

  6. Which of the following best explains what you are looking for when you review the technical style of a rough draft?
    Problems involving abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, and numbers
    Problems involving the clear, understandable expression of complex technical concepts
    Writing that sounds "technical" by its use of passive voice and technical terminology

  7. Which of the following best explains what you are looking for when you review for sentence-style problems in a rough draft?
    Problems involving abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, and numbers
    Problems involving things such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun-reference agreement, parallelism, problem modifiers, punctuation, capitalization, fragments, and comma splices.
    Problems involving passive voice, expletives, nominalizations, and redundant phrasing.

  8. Which of the following best explains why Chapter 18 recommends reviewing for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors only at the end of the reviewing process?
    So that you don't waste time fixing such errors in text that you may delete entiely or may completely rewrite.
    Because only after several readings of the draft will you be able to start seeing grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
    Because grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors are the easiest to spot; you save the easiest phase for last after the harder work of the first two phases.

  9. Which of the following best explains which parts of the rough draft of 20-page report you would review for transitions?
    Between sentences
    Between paragraphs
    Between sentences and paragraphs
    Between sections
    Between sentences, paragraphs, and sections

  10. Which of the following best explains why Chapter 18 recommends reviewing a rough draft in three “passes”?
    It's a more organized way of reviewing a rough draft.
    It enables you take rest breaks after each pass so that you can see problems and errors more easily.
    It makes reviewing easier because you don't have to look for all types of problems and errors all at once.


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