Technical Writing 101: Chapter 6 Reading Quiz

Answer the questions in this quiz to see how well you've read and understood the chapter. Feel free to look up answers in the book and retake this quiz until you get all the answers right.

This quiz is based on Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Content, Alan Pringle & Sara O'Keefe, Kindle edition. ASIN B004NEW1M4.

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  1. Which of the following best defines inclusive writing?
    Using "his or her" in gender-neutral writing situations
    Using "they," "them," "their" even if the reference is to a singular noun
    Using plural nouns or avoiding the need to use pronouns altogether
    Using "he," "him," "his" even if the reference is to a singular noun
  2. What grade level should you strive for in technical documents?
    Graduate level
    Sophomore-college level
    Eighth-grade level
    Sixth-grade level
  3. What is Section 508, and who should comply with it?
    Legislation that requires electronic content and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities. It is legally binding for both federal agencies and private corporations.
    Legislation that requires content to be free of gender bias. It is legally binding for both federal agencies and private corporations.
    Legislation that requires electronic content and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities. It is legally binding for federal agencies but a "best practice" for private corporations.
    Legislation that requires content to be free of gender bias. It is legally binding for federal agencies but a "best practice" for private corporations.
  4. Which of the following best defines callout?
    A system of hierarchcal headings used throughout a document
    Labels in graphics that identify parts of that graphic
    Italics applied to a term at the point it is defined in the text
  5. Which of the following best defines conceptual information?
    Consists of steps that tell a user how to perform a task
    Provides quick look-up information as in a dictionary
    Discusses the product or product function and explains what you can do with it
    Explains the function of a particular part on a product
  6. Which of the following best defines reference information?
    Consists of steps that tell a user how to perform a task
    Provides quick look-up information as in a dictionary
    Discusses the product or product function and explains what you can do with it
    Explains the function of a particular part on a product
  7. Which of the following best defines procedural information?
    Consists of steps that tell a user how to perform a task
    Provides quick look-up information as in a dictionary
    Discusses the product or product function and explains what you can do with it
    Explains the function of a particular part on a product
  8. Which of the following best defines interface information?
    Consists of steps that tell a user how to perform a task
    Provides quick look-up information as in a dictionary
    Discusses the product or product function and explains what you can do with it
    Explains the function of a particular part on a product
  9. Which of the following best defines context-sensitive help?
    Help that relates to a specific aspect of a procedure, for example, the correct format for a date entry
    Help that recognizes the anxieties that some user may have
    Help that provides complete steps for performing a procedure
  10. If you are doing topic-based writing, which of the following describes what you are doing?
    Writing a chapter in a book that provides documentation of a product
    Organizing and writing product documentation for all of its topics instead of all chapters of the documentation
    Writing a small chunk of information that can be reused in various ways throughout the documentation of a product

     

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