Quiz on Audience

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  1. Which of the following best explains whether most readers of technical information have strong technical backgrounds and why?
    Yes, they must have strong technical backgrounds because technical documents are written for specialist and expert audiences.
    No, they need not have strong technical backgrounds because technical documents are written for nonspecialist audiences.
    Yes and no. Technical documents are written for both specialist and nonspecialist readers and must be adapted accordingly.
  2. In the traditional approach to audiences, one category reads technical information to make business or governmental decisions but may not have much actual technical knowledge about the topic. Which of the following identifies which audience that is?
    Nonspecialists
    Executives
    Technicians
    Experts
  3. Also in the traditional approach to audiences, another category reads technical information to build, operate, or repair equipment. Which of the following identifies which audience that is?
    Nonspecialists
    Executives
    Technicians
    Experts
  4. Select the most specific audience and situation:
    Management orders to write a brief, simplified instructional guide for startup of WordPerfect 5.0 for the company clerical staff, who have little computer background.
    For general reference, a guide to using WordPerfect 5.0, a popular word- processing system that provides the user with many advanced features and a means toward full desktop-publishing capability.
    For company personnel, a guide to using WordPerfect 5.0 a popular word-processing system that provides the user with many advanced features and a means toward full desktop-publishing capability.
  5. Select the most specific audience and situation:
    A primary research report on the results of an experiment to see whether commercial-grade avocados can be grown in controlled greenhouse environments in the Southwest, where weather is not conducive to these plants.
    Results from a research project reported in an article sent to a research journal read by other researchers in the field: an experiment to grow commercial-grade avocados in greenhouses in the Southwest.
    Background information on the avocado: its nutritional value, cultivational information, recipes, and other interesting facts.
  6. Select the most specific audience and situation:
    A feasibility study commissioned by City Council and to be addressed to council members on completion: a study of whether free bus transportation would increase ridership, decrease traffic, and be feasible economically.
    Addressed to citizens, a report on free bus transportation: whether it would increase ridership, decrease city traffic congestion, and be feasible economically.
    A feasibility report addressed to City Council members on the idea of free bus transportation: whether it would increase ridership, decrease city traffic congestion, and be feasible economically.
  7. Select the most specific audience and situation:
    Engineers who need technical background on kidney disease and the technology used to treat it so that they can bid on part of a contract to construct a dialysis clinic.
    Engineers at Kuykendahl Design, Inc., who need technical background on kidney disease and the technology used to treat it so that they can bid on part of a contract to construct a dialysis clinic.
    Interested readers who need technical background on kidney disease and the technology used to treat it so that they can better understand this important area of modern medicine.
  8. Select the most specific audience and situation:
    Background information, plus guidelines, concerning best locations for integrated-circuit manufacturing facilities.
    Recommendations presented to Booth Micro Design, Inc., concerning where the company should locate its new manufacturing facility.
    In response to a request for proposals, a proposal addressed to top management at Booth Micro Design to study and make recommendations concerning its plan to find a location for its new facility.
  9. Select the most specific audience and situation:
    Addressed to potentially interested company officials, a detailed technical specification describing the manufacturing aspects of a new product idea involving a clock radio that can be programmed to play back reminders.
    Written to promote the idea with the new-product planning department, a design description of a new clock-radio that enables the user to tape and program reminders that play back at the specified times.
    A detailed technical specification describing the manufacturing aspects of a new product idea involving a clock radio that enables users to tape reminders that play back at specified times.
  10. Select the most specific audience and situation:
    A survey report written for professional nurses concerning the problems in care facilities for the aged.
    Problems of elderly-care facilities: a report on the main problems found in homes for the aged in the in the U.S. today.
    A survey commissioned by the American Nursing Association to assess the problems in care facilities for the aged.

   

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