Business & Technical Communications:
Quiz on Special Notices

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  1. You are providing instructions on replacing a water pump in an automobile. In a special notice, you tell readers to let the engine cool down before starting this procedure. Which special notice should use (according to the textbook's definitions):
    Note
    Multiple note
    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  2. You are providing instructions on using a VCR. In a special notice, you tell readers to be careful not to spill liquids into the VCR because this will cause severe damage to the unit. Which special notice should use (according to the textbook's definitions):
    Note
    Multiple note
    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  3. You are providing beginners' instructions for playing tennis. In a special notice, you remind readers that the larger the hand, the larger the grip needs to be on the racket. Which special notice should use (according to the textbook's definitions):
    Note
    Multiple note
    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  4. You are explaining procedures for replacing an automotive component. In a special notice, you remind readers not to work underneath a car suppported only by a jack. Which special notice should use (according to the textbook's definitions):
    Note
    Multiple note
    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  5. Which of the following is true about the placement or location of special notices, especially caution and danger notices:
    You place them after the text that containing the instructions that could could cause problems or injury.
    You place them before the text that containing the instructions that could could cause problems or injury.
  6. You use which of the following types of special notices for situations in which the reader should be warned of the possibility of minor physical injury:
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    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  7. You use which of the following types of special notices for situations in which the reader should be warned of the possibility of severe physical injury or even fatality:
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    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  8. You use which of the following types of special notices for situations in which the reader should be cautioned about the possibility of damaging data or equipment or of the possibility of ruining the procedure:
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    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  9. You use which of the following types of special notices when you want to emphasize a special point:
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    Warning
    Caution
    Danger
  10. Which of the following statements is true concerning the style and format to use for special notices, according to the textbook:
    Use any style and format you want, but make sure that your notices are increasingly noticeable with their increasing severity and that you use them consistently.
    Use the style and format as shown in the textbook: it is designed so that the notices are increasingly noticeable with their increasing severity.
  11. The primary function of special notices in technical writing is to:
    Emphasize special points, warn readers of the potential for damaging equipment, or to alert readers to the potential for minor or even severe physical injury.
    Mark off the major sections and subsections of a set of instructions, enabling them to find the information they need more rapidly.
    Create an easily readable format for lists of items or series of steps that the readers must perform.

   

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