Business & Technical Communications:
Quiz on Application Letters

Answer the questions in this quiz to see how well you've read and understood the chapter on application letters. Feel free to link back and forth between the chapter on application letters and this quiz to check your answers.

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  1. Click on one of the following that best defines the application letter is:
    An in-depth summary of the contents of the resume, provided in case the recipient does not have a copy of the resume.
    Highlights of the resume, particularly of those aspects of your background that relate to the specific job you are seeking.
    A brief "cover" letter that states the dates and times you are available for interview.

  2. If you wrote a brief letter that stated the dates and times you were available for interview and mentioned the job you were seeking, this would be an example of which of the following types of letters:
    Objective letter
    Highlight letter
    Inquiry letter
    Resume

  3. If you wrote an application letter in which you described your key skills as they related to the job you were seeking, you would have written which of the following types of application letter:
    Objective letter
    Cover letter
    Highlight letter

  4. In the first paragraph of the body of the application letter, you should do which of the following:
    Focus right away on your key qualifications, either your educational background or your work background, whichever is the best or the most relevant to the job you are seeking.
    Indicate the purpose of the letter, state your source of information about the job, and include one key detail about yourself that will be eye-catching.
    Explain how to get in touch with you, what dates and times you are available for interview, and what salary range you expect.

  5. If you were a professional technical writer and if in your application letter you had successive paragraphs on your technical knowledge, the desktop publishing software you had used, the kinds of manuals you had written, and the administrative duties you had performed, you would have used which type of organization for the main body of the letter:
    Functional organization
    Thematic organization
    Objective organization

  6. If you wrote an application letter in which, after the introductory paragraph, you had a paragraph on your work experience and then another paragraph on your education, you would have used which of the following organizational approaches for the main body of the letter:
    Functional organization
    Thematic organization
    Objective organization

  7. One of the problems associated with application letters, discussed in this textbook, involves which of the following:
    Not providing enough specifics about your qualifications in the body of the letter. If you state everything in such general terms, you don't stand out as an individual.
    Providing too much specific detail. Specific details just lengthen the letter unnecessarily; it's better to state your background and qualifications in general terms.

  8. According to the textbook, the problem with stating something like "I am a quick learner and am experienced at handling multiple projects at once" is which of the following:
    It's just your opinion of yourself. Not stating this sort of thing directly, but describing work experience that proves this assertion is better.
    It's okay: in the application letter you can't include specific details about your background; you have to generalize.
    It uses "I"; it should be rephrased using the passive voice or "the writer of this letter." Remember: never use "I" in formal writing such as business letters or reports.

  9. Which of the following is the standard way to punctuate the salutation of the application letter (and for that matter any business letter) addressed to Joseph Smith:
    Dear Sir:
    Dear Sir,
    Dear Sir;
    Dear Sir.
    Dear Sir

  10. Above the body of an application letter (or any business letter) are which combination of components and in which sequence:
    Inside address (your address), date, heading (recipient's address), and salutation
    Heading (your address), date, inside address (recipient's address), and salutation
    Heading (your address), date, inside address (recipient's address), and complimentary close
    Inside address (your address), date, heading (recipient's address), and complimentary close

   

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